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Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 4.7 Percent

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 4.7 Percent

Down 0.2 Percentage Points
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary December job estimates show a decrease of 3,000 jobs for a total of 2,511,600 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 3,400 jobs, while the public sector increased by 400 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted December 2013 unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, which is down 0.2 percentage points from the November rate of 4.9 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for December 2013 was 2,515,000, of which 2,396,100 were employed and 118,800 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,808,400, of which 2,686,600 were employed and 121,800 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 4.3 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 3,173,400, of which 3,026,500 were employed and 146,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 4.6 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.2 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.3 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 6,100, while the number of employed increased by 11,100, and the number of unemployed decreased by 17,300. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring decreased over the year by 7,100, while the number of employed increased by 9,000, and the number of unemployed decreased by 16,100.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force decreased by 10,500, while the number of employed increased by 12,100 and the number of unemployed decreased by 22,600.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.7 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban ring decreased by 0.6 percentage points.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 3,000 jobs. The private sector decreased by 3,400 jobs, and the public sector increased by 400 jobs over the month.  Four private sectors, along with the federal and state government, had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, five private sectors along with the local government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 600 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 700 jobs;professional and business services gained 500 jobs; and  information gained 700 jobs. Job losses were registered in mining, logging, and construction, which lost 2,200 jobs; other services lost 700 jobs;leisure and hospitality lost 1,700 jobs; educational and health services lost 900 jobs; and manufacturing lost 400 jobs. Government overall gained 400 jobs over the month. State government gained 400 jobs, while the federal government increased  by 200 jobs, and the local government decreased by 200 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 11,500 jobs. The private sector added 16,700 jobs, while the public sector lost 5,200 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 13,700 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: manufacturing (up 100 jobs); financial activities (up 6,600 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (up 1,900 jobs) and educational and health services (up by 1,300 jobs). Professional and business services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 3,800 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: information (down 700 jobs); other services (down 1,700 jobs); and mining, logging, and construction (down 700 jobs). 
 
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.