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.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
January 22, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories: Economic Development
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