As of January, even as local joblessness in other places took an upward spiral, the Washington region boasted the lowest rate among large cities.
The U. S. Labor Department Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported recently that although unemployment rates were down in 345 metropolitan areas in January, they increased in 16 areas while remaining unchanged in 11.
Overall, the District's unemployment rate increased slightly in December, with the joblessness having moved back above 10 percent in January, from 9.8 percent in December.
Also, with a current rate of 13.1 percent, Las Vegas remained among cities with the most unemployed individuals.
Bismarck, N.D., and Lincoln, Neb., tied for the lowest jobless rate of 3.8 percent.