Nov. unemployment essentially unchanged in Washington region
The unemployment rate in D.C., Virginia and Maryland was largely unchanged in November compared with October, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported moments ago.
In D.C., the unemployment rate dipped from 11.9 percent in October to 11.8 percent in November.
In Maryland, the rate ticked up from 7.3 percent in October to 7.4 percent in November.
In Virginia, the rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent.
The official overall U.S. unemployment rate is 10 percent.
Compared with November 2008, the D.C. unemployment rate has jumped from 8 percent to 11.8 percent.
In Maryland, the year-over-year rate has risen from 5.1 percent to 7.4 percent.
In Virginia, the year-over-year rate has risen from 4.6 percent to 6.6 percent.
Michigan retains its crown as the state with the highest unemployment rate, at 14.7 percent, up from 9.6 percent in November 2008 but down from 15.1 percent in October -- so Michigan's got that going for it.
In the especially hard-hit Detroit metro area, November unemployment stands at 16.4 percent, down from 17.3 percent in October.
North Dakota remains the best place to find work. The November unemployment rate is 4 percent, up from 3.2 percent in November 2008.
-- Frank Ahrens
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December 18, 2009; 11:19 AM ET
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