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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Jobless rate dips in D.C., steady in Md., Va.

By V. Dion Haynes

The unemployment rate in December fell slightly in the District but stayed steady in Maryland and Virginia, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday. Some experts say the numbers signal the beginning of a slowdown in the area's bread-and-butter industry, the federal government.

D.C.'s jobless level, which had risen one-tenth of a percentage point the month before, dropped by that same amount to 9.7 percent in December, according to the data. Maryland's rate remained at 7.4 percent and Virginia's at 6.7 percent.

In contrast, the U.S. jobless rate fell by four-tenths of one percentage point to 9.4 percent in December.

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By V. Dion Haynes  | January 25, 2011; 12:04 PM ET
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