[Fact Check]: Vincent Gray says D.C. unemployment at lowest rate in ‘five to six’ years

“We have the lowest number of people unemployed in the District of Columbia at this stage than we’ve had in the last five to six years.”

—Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Mayor

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True for five years, but not for six. The District’s number of unemployed jumped from less than 20,000 in early 2008 to more than 30,000 in early 2009, as the recession took hold. Last fall, the number dipped back below 30,000 for the first time since 2009.

More broadly, Gray is suggesting the city employment picture is back to pre-recession levels. And that’s more complicated. The District’s unemployment rate stood at 8.1 percent in December, a post-recession low. But that’s mostly a factor of the city’s growing population and overall workforce expansion. In real numbers, the city is about halfway back from its peak number of unemployed workers, in 2011.

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Unemployment rates dropped in D.C., Md. and Va. in December

Aaron Davis covers D.C. government and politics for The Post and wants to hear your story about how D.C. works — or how it doesn’t.
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