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Unemployment rate rises again in the District

District residents continue to lose jobs, according to data released by the the Department of Employment Services. The unemployment rate crept up to 11.4 percent in September.

"Total jobs in the District last month declined by 15,400, with net losses entirely due to the last of the Summer Youth Employment Program participants (-16,000) exiting the program," according to a news release issued by DOES.

But there was a bright spot - the education and health services industries saw an increase of 3,100 jobs during the month, DOES reported.

That could change next month when the city's recent layofs of teachers and other staff are reflected in data.

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 21, 2009; 11:06 AM ET
 
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