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District unemployment hits 12.1 percent despite added jobs

The District of Columbia added 600 jobs during the month of December but still saw its unemployment rate inch up from 11.9 percent to 12.1 percent, according to a Department of Employment Services report.

Between December 2008 and December 2009, the District lost 2,400 private-sector jobs but has been able to offset that with an additional 7,800 government jobs, primarily at the federal level. All in all, the number of jobs in the city increased 6.1 percent. However, over the same time span the number of unemployed in the city went up by 12,600, from 27,400 to 40,000.

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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 22, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Economic Development  
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Posted by: tjhall1 | January 22, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I am concerned that unemployment seems to be a joke to everyone in this city because those unemployed don't look like the "new white Washingtonian". I certainly don't know why someone thinks that $359.00 per week (the maximum payment) with no beneifits of retirement, health insurance, etc. is what former working class residents are looking forward to. If you can add that doesn't even pay someone's mortgage or utilities. Get a clue. People would rather be employed. Why can't you understand that if someone is laid off through no fault of their own and continually looking for work that is non-existent, then they don't need to be put down for being put in a situation other than one of their own choosing.

GET A CLUE or buy one.

Posted by: lacairaine | January 25, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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