**FILE** Maryland Del. Adrienne Jones (right) prepares to sign legislation on March 26 for eligible federal workers in the state to receive unemployment benefits in the case of a federal government shutdown. Also present at the bill signing are (from left) Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Del. Jessica Feldmark, Gov. Larry Hogan and Sen. Brian Feldman. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** Maryland Del. Adrienne Jones (right) prepares to sign legislation on March 26 for eligible federal workers in the state to receive unemployment benefits in the case of a federal government shutdown. Also present at the bill signing are (from left) Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Del. Jessica Feldmark, Gov. Larry Hogan and Sen. Brian Feldman. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

The D.C. region’s unemployment picture is a bit of a mixed bag, with new claims for jobless benefits significantly dropping in Maryland while the District and Virginia trend in the opposite direction.

The number of new unemployment claims in Maryland, Virginia and the District was 55,717, with Maryland dropping by nearly 15,000, WTOP reported.

The number of claims for each region in the week ending July 11, according to the Department of Labor:

District of Columbia:
3,210 (+352)

Maryland:
18,657 (-14,534)

Virginia:
33,850 (+2,025)

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