Unemployment rate dips in Washington region

The unemployment rates in February dropped one-tenth of a percentage point in the District, Maryland and Virginia, according to Labor Department data released Friday, showing steady growth in the job market.

In the District, the February jobless rate declined to 9.5 percent from 9.6 percent the month before. Maryland’s rate dropped to 7.1 percent from 7.2 percent, and Virginia’s to 6.4 percent from 6.5 percent.

In comparison, the national unemployment rate in remained at 8.9 percent in February.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in the nation, 13.6 percent. Nebraska, with 4.3 percent, had the lowest.

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