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Washington Metro Division Unemployment Rate at 5.4 Percent in September*

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Washington Metro Division Unemployment Rate at 5.4 Percent in September*

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the  final September job estimates show an increase of 4,600 jobs for a total of 2,488,200 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 12,900 jobs, while the public sector increased by 17,500 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted September 2013 unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, which is down 0.1 percentage point from the August rate of 5.5 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for September 2013 was 2,520,000, of which 2,384,800 were employed and 135,100 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,823,000, of which 2,686,100 were employed and 136,900 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 4.8 percent.  In the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland Metropolitan Division, the civilian labor force was 3,188,600, of which 3,020,400 were employed and 168,200 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.3 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.1 percentage point each, and the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.2 percentage points.
 
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force decreased over the year by 3,600, while the number of employed was unchanged, and the number of unemployed decreased by 3,700. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 1,700, while the number of employed increased by 5,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 3,800.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 300, while the number of employed increased by 4,700 and the number of unemployed decreased by 4,500.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.1 percentage point each, and the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.2 percentage points.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 4,600 jobs. The private sector decreased by 12,900 jobs, and the public sector increased by 17,500 jobs over the month. One private sector along with state and local government had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, eight private sectors, along with the federal government, had over-the-month job losses.  Job gain was registered in educational and health services, which gained 5,900 jobs. Job losses were registered in financial activities, which lost 1,400 jobs; mining, logging, and construction lost 1,800 jobs; professional and business services lost 2,100 jobs; leisure and hospitality lost 7,400 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities lost 2,300 jobs; other services lost 2,700 jobs; manufacturing lost 300 jobs; and information lost 800 jobs. Government overall gained 17,500 jobs over the month. State government gained 5,200 jobs, while the federal government decreased  by 1,100 jobs, and the local government gained 13,400 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 12,000 jobs. The private sector added 14,100 jobs, while the public sector lost 2,100 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 10,600 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: educational and health services (up by 300 jobs); financial activities (up 6,300 jobs); and trade, transportation, and utilities (up 2,200 jobs). Mining, logging, and construction recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 3,300 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 300 jobs); information (down 800 jobs); and other services (down 900 jobs).  Meanwhile, professional and business services had no over-the-year change in jobs. 
 
*The date of the September 2013 employment and unemployment news release for the Washington Metropolitan Division was changed due to the federal government shutdown.
 
Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area Explanations
 
Estimated Labor Force and Employment for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division includes: The District of Columbia, Virginia Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park and the Virginia Counties of Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren; the Maryland Counties of Calvert, Charles, and Prince Georges; and the West Virginia County of Jefferson.
 
The estimates for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area will be the summation of the estimates for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (contained in this release) and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (to be released by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation).
 
Data reflects the 2012 annual benchmark revisions.