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The Washington region’s unemployment rate in September was lower than a year before, part of a broad-based decline in joblessness nationwide.

With just under 3.4 million residents in the civilian workforce and 111,300 looking for jobs in September, the region’s unemployment rate of 3.3 percent was down from 3.6 percent in September 2017, according to figures reported Nov. 6 by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Washington region was among 308 metro areas across the nation where joblessness was down. Unemployment was higher in 58 areas and unchanged in 22.

Nationally, the non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in September, down from 4.1 percent a year before.

Among all metro areas, the lowest jobless rate for the month was reported in Ames, Iowa, at 1.4 percent. The highest rates were found in El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., at 19.3 percent and 19.1 percent, respectively.

Among the 51 metro areas with populations of more than one million, the lowest unemployment rate for the month was found in Minneapolis (2.2 percent) with the highest in New Orleans (4.8 percent) and Las Vegas (4.7 percent).

Among Virginia metro areas outside the Washington area, jobless rates were down across the board, and ranged between 2.4 percent in Charlottevsille and 3.1 percent in Lynchburg and in Hampton Roads.

For full data, see the Web site at www.bls.gov.

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