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2.7%  Q1 GDP    4.57%  avg. 30-year mortgage     9.5%  Unemployment

D.C. leads nation in percentage of jobs lost in September

Washington D.C. had the highest percentage rise in unemployment in September, with the jobless rate jumping from 11.1 percent to 11.4 percent, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported moments ago in its monthly state-by-state jobless report.

New York experienced the most jobs lost in the month, but D.C. had the highest percentage loss relative to population. D.C. lost 10,000 jobs from August to September, the Bureau said.

The national unemployment rate is 9.8 percent.

In Maryland, the unemployment rate is 7.2 percent, up from 4.6 this time last year.

In Virginia, the rate is 6.7 percent, up from 4.1 percent this time last year.

Michigan retained the unenviable title of highest state unemployment rate at 15.3 percent. It was followed by Nevada (13.3 percent), Rhode Island (13.0 percent) and
California (12.2 percent).

North Dakota remained the easiest state in which to get a job, with a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, followed by its mate, South Dakota, at 4.8 percent and the state immediately to the south, Nebraska (4.9 percent). That's odd. Some sort of Wheat Belt job boom. In Kansas, the next state down, unemployment is only 6.9 percent and in Oklahoma, one more state down, it's only 6.7 percent. Things get worse when you hit the bigger, more diverse work force in Texas, the bottom state on this state stack, where unemployment is 8.2 percent.

Twenty states saw their unemployment rate increase from August to September, 19 saw it go down and 14 remain stuck with double-digit unemployment.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  October 21, 2009; 10:14 AM ET
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Imagine what the unemployment rate would be in DC without the federal government, bureaucratic, worthless, make work, affirmative action, we can do without, "where my check be", so called jobs. Pimps, Ho's, drug dealers, thugs, and AIDS are the biggest job categories outside government. Illegals account for most work being done but not taxed. Guess who is paying for this nonsense? HINT: It isn't the democrat socialist party or obozo.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | October 21, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

As best I can tell, outside of direct government employment, there isn't any real economic engine in the GWMA. It used to be the vast sums pumped into K Street's lobbying and legal machine, but how are corporations and special interests able to keep up the funding levels in the economic downturn?

The rest of the local "industry" seems to mostly be Tourism -- and who can afford to vacation in DC these days? -- and pandering to the K Street types and to the government itself. The average Federal worker has been just "hanging on" for generations now; they are reliable payers of rent and mortgages and they regularly buy groceries but they don't either have nor generate actual Wealth.

The high-up types are seeing the cash squeeze, and who's paying for it? The bartenders, the bellhops, the taxi drivers, and yes, the sex-workers and related underworld trades.

Welcome to Washington in the Great Recession: the city of half-price hookers.

Posted by: thardman | October 21, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee has definitely contributed to the unemployment rate in DC, and now with rumors of more cuts coming in central administration look for the numbers to go up again.

Posted by: kartis31 | October 21, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The rise is the unemployment rate for workers in the District of Columbia is due to the Fenty driven efforts to rid the DC government of all workers over 40. The appointees of mayor fenty do not want folks who know their jobs and who have the experience to perform. We are entering a Fenty adminitration driven depression in the District of Columbia.

Posted by: bill121 | October 21, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Welfare corporate-style,crooks with white-collars, integration,drugs,lazy black, white and illegal aliens all combined adds to the financial mayhem in the current GWMA.
We are indeed socialists and elitists co-existing but most are being screwed and buried by all the gloom and this will continue UNABATED. sO GET YOURS AND EFF THE REST.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | October 21, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: salvoch | October 21, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The actual District of Columbia is a strange thing to try to rationalize when it comes to employment, education, wealth etc.

A tiny area of 60 square miles and only populated by 580,000 people there are huge, evident divides between the haves and have nots, and it is still broken down by quadrant.

NW DC, solid middle to upper middle class. Unemployment in the 2% range, average incomes in the $120K a year range,public schools have 99% graduation rates and curricula on par with Ffx and Montgomery. Then you have SE - DC which is not more than 4 miles away, a large population district where unemployment is ~20%, average incomes are $35K a year, public schools have graduation rates of 5-10% and 50% of the population is below the poverty line.

No where in the nation is there such a huge demographic divide in such a small place.

DC is like a gated community, without the gates.

Posted by: Nosh1 | October 21, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

And yet, on September 30 The Wall Street Journal published an article proclaiming Washington, DC (tied with Seattle) as the number 1 place in the country for young folks to find a job. NYC was No. 3.

Posted by: zydecoqueen | October 21, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It really doesn't matter much where one is...D.C., NYC, L.A....or here in far suburban Nashville, Tennessee, we're all basically screwed. The focus of local, state, and yes, even the federal government has become permanently fixed not on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by people, but rather on expansion, enrichment, and the increase of profits by businesses. When we all sat back and did effectively nothing while homelessness became an accepted norm under Ronald Reagan our fate was sealed. What we're seeing now is only the beginning. I'm afraid things are going to get much, much worse.

Posted by: nashvillemykl | October 21, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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