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Beltway Unemployment Rate Climbs

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    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill do not have to go far to see the need for more jobs.

    The number of people out of work increased across the Beltway last month, with the District faring the worst.

    According to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in D.C. shot up to 10.8 percent in July. The same time last year it was at 9.8 percent.

    In Maryland, 8,000 new jobs were added. It still was not enough to make up for those out of work. The number of people filing for jobless benefits climbed to 7.2 percent in July. It was at 7.0 percent just the month before.

    Virginia saw its unemployment rate go up for the first time in a year.  It climbed a tenth of a percent to 6.1 percent in July. That is still far better than in July of 2010 when it was at 6.8 percent.

    The national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent.