Government Hiring Evident In Latest Metropolitan Unemployment Report

The metropolitan area unemployment report for July, released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that the unemployment rate in the Washington DC area and nearby Bethesda/Frederick/Rockville is the lowest in the country—at least as far as big areas are concerned. Both Bismarck and Fargo, N.D., and Rapid City, S.D., had extremely low jobless rates (3.1 percent for Bismarck, 4.2 percent for Fargo and Rapid City), too.

In general, though, unemployment in cities large or small is still in a bad state. This is the seventh consecutive month that all 372 metropolitan areas tracked by the BLS recorded over-the-year unemployment rate increases.