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November 10: Unemployment

Monday - 11/7/2011, 9:11am  ET

The unemployment rate in the Washington region rose to 6.1 percent in September from 5.9 percent the month before, according to a Labor Department report, despite private-sector growth and a hiring surge among government contractors. The Washington Post says overall, the seasonally adjusted numbers still reflect a reluctance among employers to invest in growth and expansion, largely because of uncertainty about the economy.