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    Unemployment rates cross the U.S. in March were lower than a year ago in almost all metropolitan areas reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including the D.C. metro — although the D.C. area’s jobless rate of 3.6% last month was unchanged from February. The D.C. metro area’s unemployment rate in March 2021 was 5.3%. More Business News More Local News The D.C. metro also ended March with 59,000 more jobs than a year earlier. As of March, there were 121,000 unemployed adults in the D.C. metro, according to Labor Department statistics. That’s 47,000 fewer than a year ago. A total of 108 metros had unemployment rates of less than 3% in March. The national unemployment rate in March was 3.8%, down from 6.2% a year earlier. Among all metro areas, Logan, Utah had the lowest March unemployment rate, at 1.7%. That was followed by Burlington, Vermont,; Elkhart, Indiana; and Provo, Utah, at 1.8% each. El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rate, at 12.3%. Among metros with a population of 1 million or more, Salt Lake City...
    For the fourth year in a row, the D.C. metro ranks No. 1 on MagnifyMoney’s list of Best Places for Working Women. The annual report ranks metro areas across eight different metrics, and the D.C. metro comes out on top or close to in nearly all of them. More Business News The unemployment rate for working women in the D.C. region is among the lowest in the country, at 4.6%, and a lot of working women here are the boss. “Our study found that almost half of people in management positions in D.C. are women,” said Ismat Mangla, executive editor at MagnifyMoney. “That is actually the highest of any metro that we reviewed. And 24% of all businesses are wholly women-owned, also among the highest.” Of the top 10 metros on the list, the D.C. area has the second lowest gender pay gap, behind only Las Vegas. Also, 53.8% of legislators in the metro area are women. The D.C. metro does not score well in all categories, especially for working mothers. A large percentage of a woman’s earnings...
    Homebuyers in the D.C. metro continue to be willing to bid well over list price to get the home they want, and some may be letting emotions cloud their judgments. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 93 properties in the D.C. metro have gone under contract for at least $100,000 over list price. That is 1.7% of all sales, according to Redfin. Overpaying for a home, especially to the extreme, could blow past both the taxman’s assessed value and the lender’s appraised value. And that puts buyers at a short-term risk. “I think there is always a chance that the market starts to slow down. And if you need to sell again — say you buy a home and thought you were going to stay in it for five years, but you end up changing jobs, or you lost your job, and you have to sell — you may end up in the situation where you lose money on the home,” said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. The bank won’t lend a buyer more than the home appraises for, so...
    The median price of a home that sold in the D.C. metro area in February was $526,000, up 10.6% from February 2021 and near an all-time high, but prices in two of our nearest big city neighbors are considerably less. In the Baltimore metro, the median selling price last month was $319,000, or 39% less than the D.C. area. And in the Philly metro, the median selling price of $295,000 was 44% below the D.C. region, according to listing service Bright MLS. More Business and Finance News More Real Estate News All three are large metros, and are roughly in the same area of the country. Local economies tend to drive housing markets, but D.C. is different. “Here in D.C. we have an economy that is built around professional and technical services and the federal government, and we just have a population with higher incomes. The economic picture is just a little bit different here, which has been the primary reason prices have always been higher here,” said Lisa Sturtevant, chief economist at Virginia Realtors and an economist...
    (CNN)Communities in the Washington, DC, metro area are still at risk for coastal flooding Sunday as forecasters say about 12 million people remain under flood warnings and advisories.Coastal areas in Washington, Maryland and Virginia have been experiencing heavy flooding since Friday, and some flooding may occur through Sunday evening, forecasters said.Forecasters predict one of the biggest tidal flood events of the past two decadesTidal flooding is expected to hit shorelines in Washington and Northern Virginia with 1 to 2 feet of inundation in low lying areas, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in its coastal flood advisory that's in effect until 6 pm Sunday.In Southwest DC, the Municipal Fish Market at the Wharf could flood again Sunday. The market, which sits along a waterfront, saw flooding so high on Friday that some customers couldn't reach some of the shops there.And in historic Old Town Alexandria, water is expected to approach buildings near King Street and Union Street.Read More"Shoreline inundation up to one foot above ground is possible elsewhere," the NWS warned.Edward Guerrero checks the height of floodwaters outside of his...
    (CNN)Heavy flooding inundated communities across the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area on Friday and forecasters expect the rain to continue through Saturday.Nearly 14 million people were under a coastal flooding warning early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service."The neighbors who have been here a long time say it hasn't been this high since Isabel and in their lifetime that's the only time it's been this high," Baltimore County resident Tyler Fields told CNN affiliate WJZ, referring to Hurricane Isabel, which crashed ashore in North Carolina in 2003 and moved northward into the area.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for areas along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River and the Atlantic Coast. Forecasters predict one of the biggest tidal flood events of the past two decades"While a bulk of the heavy rainfall has concluded, additional rain will track from south to north tonight," the local NWS in the Washington-Baltimore region said late Friday. "Additionally, tidal/coastal flooding continues with moderate to major flooding in the forecast!" Read MoreWater levels would remain elevated through at least Saturday, it...
    Parts of the local housing market may have hit the summer doldrums in July. Prices of what sold in Montgomery County, Maryland, and the District were a bit lower than a year ago, according to the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors. Potential buyers also signed fewer contracts to buy a home. In July, the median price for what sold in D.C. and Montgomery County was $575,250, a 4.1% decrease compared to June, but still 4.6% more than the median selling price in July 2020. In the District, the median price was $652,500, down 6.8% from June and up just 1% from last July. The median price in Montgomery County was $540,000, down 2.7% from June, though up 8% from a year earlier. There was also a 16.1% month-over-month decrease in newly signed purchase contracts in July. “While the housing market continues to be hot, in mid-June, we started to see a bit of a slowdown, which could have been caused by accessibility of the COVID vaccine and the fact that people were starting to travel again, so a lot...
    (CNN)An FBI agent, who shot a fellow passenger onboard a Washington, DC, Metro train line in December, was arrested on Tuesday for attempted murder, prosecutors announced.Eduardo Valdivia was indicted with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, use of a firearm and reckless endangerment charges, Montgomery County Circuit Court records show. He is expected in court Tuesday afternoon for a bench warrant hearing.Valdivia's attorney Robert Bonsib told CNN over the phone Tuesday that the charges in the indictment are "very unfortunate and ill founded." Valdivia, 37 of Gaithersburg, Maryland, allegedly got into a verbal exchange with an unidentified man while on a Red Line train after 6 a.m. on December 15 when shots were fired. Investigators with the Metro Transit Police said in a statement on December 18 that video footage of the incident shows an adult male approach Valdivia as the Metrorail car approached Medical Center Station in Bethesda. Words were exchanged when Valdivia discharged his weapon several times, the Metro Transit Police said.Read MoreAnother passenger called 911 as well as the manager of the station, Metro Transit Police said.After the...
    Meghan and Harry interview resonates with interracial couples Biden Faces Tougher Obstacles for Broad Relief Bill Sequel The U.S. reported over 61,000 new cases of coronavirus on Mar. 7, bringing the total count to more than 28,600,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 500,000 COVID-19-related deaths -- the highest death toll of any country. New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 19.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans -- essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 21.8 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with...
    Airbnb is blocking all reservations in the Washington, DC metro area during inauguration week after regional officials asked people not to travel to the city due to concerns of additional violence. The company said it was aware of reports “regarding armed militias and known hate groups” attempting to travel to the region to disrupt the inauguration. Existing Airbnb reservations in the area are being canceled, and Airbnb is blocking any future bookings. Guests will receive full refunds, and Airbnb says it will pay hosts what they would have earned for canceled bookings. Reservations made through HotelTonight, a hotel reservation site owned by Airbnb, are also being canceled. “Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the 59th Presidential Inauguration, including last week’s violent insurrection as well as the ongoing and deadly COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the extraordinary step of encouraging Americans not to come to Washington, D.C. and to instead participate virtually,” DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a joint statement on Monday. Airbnb said yesterday that it was working to ban...
    Planning big projects, such as replacing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and building Metro’s Silver Line, is a team effort around the D.C. Metro area, and work started this week to decide what major plan should be next. The region’s long-range transportation plan, Visualize 2045, kicked into a new gear Wednesday as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) Transportation Planning Board (TPB) began the process for jurisdictions to submit projects, programs and policies for consideration. “We’re required to update a plan every four years, and it needs to be at least 20 years as far as its horizon,” said COG transportation planner Stacy Cook. The plan is attached to federal funding reserved for member jurisdictions from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. “We need to imagine how many people and how many jobs there are in the future because that really talks about where people need to go and what kind of transportation they need to get there,” Cook said. When proposing and selecting projects, area leaders agreed to prioritize tackling climate change, building resilient communities, increasing equity...
    GLENMONT, Md. (WJZ) — A DC metro train headed from Wheaton to Glenmont separated near Glenmont Station in Montgomery County. Twelver passengers were evaluated by Montgomery County Fire & EMS. One adult was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Update – Glenmont Metro Station, Georgia Avenue, train headed from Wheaton to Glenmont separated/the couple at interlocking area near Glenmont Station, @MCFRS_EMIHS evaluated 12 passengers & transported 1 adult (medical) NLT, passengers on train were evacuated https://t.co/dJhUXzFNUh pic.twitter.com/fYVvZ3KiJP — Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November 24, 2020 Passengers were evacuated from the tunnel. Some delays were reported along the Red Line due to the incident. Stay with WJZ on this developing story. To get breaking news alerts, download our app now!
    The Washington, D.C., metro area reported a record number of COVID-19 cases Wednesday, surging past a seven-day average of over 3,000 infections as the city rolls back some pandemic restrictions. The Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. region recorded a total of 3,514 new cases Wednesday, just shy of the 3,612 infections reported Saturday, The Washington Post reported. D.C. alone saw 206 new cases Wednesday, the most in a single day since May. The city's seven-day average caseload is now 111, which is up 36 from Oct. 1. Maryland hit its highest daily caseload of 1,714 Wednesday, marking the most massive spike since May. The latest report sent the state's latest seven-day average to a record high of 1,380 cases. Virginia's daily cases fell short of a record, but its seven-day average of 1,524 daily infections entered record territory. Restaurants in Maryland will be required to reduce indoor dining capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Monday. The District is still holding tight to its Phase 2 reopening protocols allowing restaurants and bars to operate at 50...
    Since the pandemic hit, the number of people going to the D.C. region’s burn center is up dramatically, and cases are more serious than usual, the center’s director said. “We’ve had nearly 60 to 70% of more volume than we normally have during this time of the year,” said Dr. Jeffrey Shupp, director of the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center serves D.C., Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia and eastern West Virginia. “From about the end of February until now, we’ve seen burns that are larger than we typically see,” Shupp said. “We have more patients in the intensive care unit than we would normally have for this time of the year.” About 30 to 40% of the burns involve cooking accidents. And, they too are unusual. Grease or cooking burns typically are on the arm, forearm or fingers. “We’re seeing large total body surface area injury from cooking-related accidents,” Shupp said. Burns also involve spewing car radiators, vehicle wrecks that catch fire, back yard bonfires and grills. Shupp said he doesn’t...
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