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Unemployment in the District reached a seasonally adjusted rate of 10.4 percent in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Barbara Lang, president and CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, said the city’s partnership with Wal-Mart is “a great step in the right direction.”

“An unemployment rate of over 9 percent in the city is absolutely unacceptable, and over 20 percent east of the river,” Ms. Lang said, noting many people in the room live or work in the District. “All of us should be absolutely embarrassed by those statistics.”