District Digest: Baseball and Burmese activism

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.

asia societyAung San Suu Kyi visits D.C., speaks at Newseum

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.

Nats ‘Clinch a Berth’

The Nationals, in their 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, clinched their first postseason berth in 79 years.

Although the team stayed ahead of the Cincinnati Reds for the best overall record in the majors, their victory ensured only a one-game play-in, where the winner goes to the playoffs and the other does not. The players, while excited, don’t see their goals as accomplished and have set their sights even higher, as they work to clinch the NL East divisional crown.

The Nats postseason ticket prices are soaring as a result of the win. They range anywhere from $63 for a home game to $500 for a potential World Series game on StubHub.

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