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September 19, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Maryland and Virginia see rise in unemployment rates

Unemployment rates in Maryland and Virginia rose last month, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, while Virginia lost around 1,500 jobs, Maryland gained just 600 in the last month. (WBJ, 9/19)

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.6 percent in August, from 5.3 percent in July. Last month’s unemployment rate in Virginia matched where it was a year ago.

Maryland’s unemployment rate last month was 6.4 percent, up from 6.1 percent in July, but still below the 6.6 percent unemployment rate in August 2013.

– The first debate of D.C.’s mayoral race happened last night. You can check out the summary of the night and how candidates fared on issues affecting the District here. (WaPo, 9/18)

– Another bit of D.C. data emerging out of the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey – in 2013 there were 115, 551 people in the city living below the poverty line. (DCist, 9/18)

Watch the Racial Geography of D.C. Mortgages Change Over Time (WCP, 9/18)

HOUSING/NONPROFITS | The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development has announced Stephen Glaude as executive director. Glaude is the current Director of Community Affairs for Mayor Vincent Gray, and will succeed Robert Pohlman as executive director effective October 27th, 2014.

COMMUNITY | The Meyer Foundation discusses the power of funding advocacy and the continued success of their grantee, D.C. Appleseed, as the organization celebrates its 20th anniversary. (Meyer Foundation blog, 9/15)

PHILANTHROPY | A Gender Lens for Giving: Women in Philanthropy Urged to Invest More in Women and Girls (Forbes, 9/18)

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