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D.C. Unemployment Reached 12.1 Percent in December 2009

The Washington, D.C. unemployment rate climbed from 11.8 percent in November 2009 to a record 12.1 percent in December 2009, according to The Washington Post. The jobless rate is the highest since the government began collecting the data in 1976. The district’s unemployment rate is significantly higher than the U.S. rate of 10 percent, Maryland rate of 7.5 percent and Virginia

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Maryland Senators Work to Prohibit Employers’ Credit Checks

Sens. Mike Lenett (D-Md.) and Catherine Pugh (D-Md.) are sponsoring legislation they hope will prevent many employers from performing credit checks on job applicants, according to The Baltimore Sun. Lenett says several unemployed residents have told him they were not hired for jobs because they had poor credit histories, which he considers an “all-time Catch-22” in the current economy because the

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Maryland Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.5 Percent in December

Maryland’s unemployment rate increased from 7.3 percent in November 2009 to 7.5 percent in December 2009, according to The Baltimore Sun. Employers reportedly cut 8,700 jobs. About 220,000 Maryland residents actively were looking for jobs last month and were not hired. Still, Maryland’s unemployment rate is better than the national unemployment rate, which was 10 percent in December 2009.

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First Phase of Westport Waterfront Development has Begun

Construction has begun on the first phase of improvements for $1.2 billion mixed-use development Westport Waterfront along the Patapsco River in Baltimore, according to The Baltimore Sun. Maryland’s Department of the Environment awarded $620,500 in federal stimulus funds to Turner Development, Baltimore, to help reconstruct the shoreline and create the tidal wetlands along the Westport riverfront. Shoreline construction is necessary to

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