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Suburban Md. jobless rate beats U.S.

The Maryland suburbs of Washington had the lowest unemployment rate in January of the 34 large metropolitan areas tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The area consisting of Bethesda, Rockville and Frederick had an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent during the first month of this year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A broader region – defined as the area containing Washington D.C., Arlington, Va., and Alexandria, Va. – also had one of the lowest rates in the nation, at 5.8 percent.

The unemployment rate for all of Maryland in January was 7.7 percent; for the nation, it was 7.9 percent.

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