Unemployment Rates Up in Virginia and Maryland; D.C. has Areas Biggest Increase for July 2011

Virginia and Maryland were amongst the 28 states that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said had their jobless rates increase in July 2011. Along with D.C., the jurisdictions with jobless rate increases totaled 29.

The bureau also said nine states had rate decreases and 13 had virtually zero change in their unemployment rate.

But Maryland and Virginia posted small rate increases while the District of Columbia showed a rate change that was much higher than in June 2011.

Maryland was up 0.2 percent from June 2011 to 7.2 percent in July 2011. Virginia increased 0.1 percent from June 2011 to 6.1 percent in July 2011.

Washington, D.C. rate increase was one of the highest in the country, growing 0.4 percent to 10.8 percent in July 2011 versus 10.4 percent in June 2011.

The highest state unemployment rate was Nevada with 12.9 percent, followed by California with 12.0 both states posted increases. Miami continued to have one of the worst unemployment rates in the United States for large metros -- reporting 13 percent.

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