Unemployment rates in Maryland and Virginia are improving, but they still remain high, and jobs gained or regained are still far shy of jobs that have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unadjusted unemployment rate in Maryland in September was 6.9%. That’s down from 7.2% in August. A year ago, however, Maryland’s statewide unemployment rate was 3.3%

Virginia’s not-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6% in September. That’s down from 6.3% in August — but a year earlier, Virginia’s unemployment rate was 2.6%.

At the end of September, Maryland’s civilian labor force totaled 2.6 million. That’s 162,000 fewer jobs than a year earlier — a 5.9% decline. Virginia ended the month of September with 3.9 million civilian

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