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District’s Unemployment Rate at 8.6 Percent in September*

Friday, November 22, 2013

District’s Unemployment Rate at 8.6 Percent in September*

September job estimates show an increase of 5,200 jobs
Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the final September job estimates show an increase of 5,200 jobs, for a total of 734,400 jobs in the District. The private sector gained 5,400 jobs, while the public sector payrolls declined by 200 jobs. 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 September was 8.6 percent, which is 0.1 percentage point lower than the revised August rate of 8.7 percent. The number of unemployed District residents declined by 400 from 31,700 in August 2013 to 31,300 in September 2013.
 
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released August estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (July-August) total non-farm employment decrease of 13,300 jobs. The August revised unemployment rate stays at 8.7 percent.
 
 
Employment Overview
 
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities decreased by 200 jobs, after a gain of 100 jobs in August. With employment at 27,100, jobs are down by 900 or -3.2 percent from a year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services increased by 300 jobs, after a decrease of 2,300 jobs in August. With employment at 155,900, jobs are up by 3,400 or 2.2 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality increased by 1,300 jobs, after a gain of 100 jobs in August. With employment at 69,800, jobs are up by 3,300 or 5.0 percent over the year.
  • Financial Activities decreased by 300 jobs, after a gain of 300 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 29,000, jobs are up by 900 or 3.2 percent from one year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services increased by 4,900 jobs, after having no change in jobs the prior month. With employment at 117,300, jobs are up by 600 or 0.5 percent from a year ago. 
  • Other Services lost 200 jobs, after a loss of 100 jobs the prior month. With employment at 68,900, jobs are up by 1,000 or 1.5 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction decreased by 200 jobs, after a gain of 100 jobs in August. With employment at 13,600, jobs are down by 500 or -3.5 percent from a year ago.
  • Information lost 200 jobs, after a loss of 100 jobs in August. At 16,400, employment is down by 600 jobs or -3.5 percent from one year ago.
  • Manufacturing had no over-the-month job change, after having no change in jobs the prior month. With employment at 900, there was no change in jobs from one year ago.

Labor Force Overview


  • The number of employed District residents decreased by 600 over the month to 332,400. The civilian labor force decreased by 900 to 363,800. 
  • One year ago, total employment was 333,800 and the civilian labor force was 366,000.  The number of unemployed was 32,100, and the unemployment rate was 8.8 percent.
*The date of the September 2013 employment and unemployment news release for the District of Columbia was changed due to the federal government shutdown.
 
NOTES: October 2013 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, November 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.