Vox brings back the District Digest; a helpful guide to news from the D.C. area. This week we have mixed news on unemployment rates, the visit of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi, and a little recap of the Nationals game.
Unemployment Rate Drops
The District’s unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent in August from 8.9 percent in July, according to a Labor department report released Friday. Unemployment levels rose from 7.0 percent to 7.1 percent in Maryland, and Virginia’s remained at 5.9 percent.
Although the unemployment rate here fell, the District experienced “the largest percentage decrease in total nonfarm employment of any jurisdiction in the country, down 1.5 percent,” according to the Washington Post. Job seekers suspending their searches led to the drop in the unemployment.
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent in August from 8.3 percent in July.
After receiving the Congressional Gold Medal from President Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese activist and proponent for democracy in the area, spoke to high school and college students at the Newseum in an interactive question and answer session.
This is her first visit to the U.S. since being released from an almost continuous 15-year house arrest and is touring the country to “pass the torch” of peace and activism to a younger generation and educate students about the struggle for democracy in Burma. She hopes to inspire others to uncover the root cause of political oppression and fight it with nonviolence.
Suu Kyi also addressed topics such as the Arab Spring, saying that violence is not a legitimate way to support human rights, and the arrest of a Russian punk rock group, who she believes should be released as soon as possible.