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District’s Unemployment Rate at 8.7 Percent

Friday, September 20, 2013

District’s Unemployment Rate at 8.7 Percent

Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the preliminary August job estimates show a decrease of 13,800 jobs, for a total of 728,700 jobs in the District. The private sector dropped 3,300 jobs, while the public sector payrolls declined by 10,500 jobs. The August decrease in public sector jobs is mainly due to the end of a six-week-long Summer Youth Employment Program sponsored by the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services. The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of the District of Columbia’s employers.  
 
The District’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 8.7 percent, which is 0.1 percentage point higher than the revised July rate of 8.6 percent. The number of unemployed District residents declined by 200 from 31,800 in July 2013 to 31,600 in August 2013.
 
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released July estimates were revised upward to show an over-the-month (June-July) total non-farm employment increase of 11,100 jobs. The July revised unemployment rate stays at 8.6 percent.
 
Employment Overview
 
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities decreased by 200 jobs, after having no change in jobs in July. With employment at 27,000, jobs are down by 700 or -2.5 percent from a year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services decreased by 2,400 jobs, after a gain of 500 jobs in July. With employment at 155,500, jobs are up by 1,600 or 1.0 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality increased by 200 jobs, after a drop of 1,300 jobs in July. With employment at 68,600, jobs are up by 2,600 or 3.9 percent over the year.
  • Financial Activities gained 100 jobs, after having no change in jobs the prior month. With employment at 29,100, jobs are up by 900 or 3.2 percent from one year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services decreased by 900 jobs, after a gain of 700 jobs the prior month. With employment at 111,500, jobs are up by 2,800 or 2.6 percent from a year ago. 
  • Other Services lost 100 jobs, after a gain of 700 jobs the prior month. With employment at 69,100, jobs are up by 1,200 or 1.8 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction had no change in jobs, after a gain of 200 jobs in July. With employment at 13,700, jobs are down by 400 or -2.8 percent from a year ago.
  • Information lost 100 jobs, after having no change in jobs in July. At 16,600, employment is down by 800 jobs or -4.6 percent from one year ago.
  • Manufacturing gained 100 jobs, after having no change in jobs the prior month. With employment at 1,000, there was no change in jobs from one year ago.
 
Labor Force Overview

 
  • The number of employed District residents decreased by 4,500 over the month to 333,000. The civilian labor force decreased by 4,800 to 364,600.
  • One year ago, total employment was 331,500 and the civilian labor force was 363,900.  The number of unemployed was 32,500, and the unemployment rate was 8.9 percent.
 
NOTES: The August 2013 final and September 2013 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Historical jobs and labor force estimates for the District of Columbia and detailed labor market information is available here
 
Technical Notes: Estimates of industry employment and unemployment levels are arrived through the use of two different monthly surveys. 
 
Industry employment data are derived through the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, a monthly survey of business establishments conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the US Department of Labor, which provides estimates of employment, hours, and earnings data broken down by industry for the nation as a whole, all states, and most major metropolitan areas (often referred to as the “establishment” survey). 
 
Resident employment and unemployment data are mainly derived from the District’s portion of the national Current Population Survey (CPS), a household survey conducted each month by the US Census Bureau under contract with BLS, which provides input to the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program (often referred to as the “household” survey). 
 
Both industry and household estimates are revised each month based on additional information from updated survey reports compiled by BLS. In addition, these estimates are benchmarked (revised) annually based on actual counts from the District’s Unemployment Compensation Law administrative records and other data.
 
Data reflects 2012 annual benchmark revisions.
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.