**FILE** D.C. residents line up for coronavirus testing at Bread for the City in Northwest on May 19. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

The D.C. metropolitan area’s unemployment rate amid the coronavirus pandemic fell to 9% in May, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

The rate was slightly down from 9.8% in April, WTOP reported Thursday. In comparison, the D.C. area’s jobless rate in May 2019 stood at 3%.

Nearby Baltimore had a May jobless rate of 9.5%, down from 10.1% in April.

The numbers come amid a better-than-expected national jobs report issued Thursday, which showed the U.S. unemployment rate falling to 11.1% in May.

Las Vegas had the highest rate among major metropolitan regions at 29%, followed by Detroit at 23.7% and Orlando at 22.6%. Phoenix had the country’s lowest rate at 8.3%.

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