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The District’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February was 7.4 percent, which is unchanged from the January revised rate. The number of unemployed District residents increased by 200 from 27,200 in January 2014 to 27,400 in February 2014.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released January estimates were revised upward to show an over-the-month (December-January) total non-farm employment decrease of 8,100 jobs. The January revised unemployment rate is at 7.4 percent.
Labor Force Overview
NOTES: The February 2014 final and March 2014 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, April 18, 2014. Historical jobs and labor force estimates for the District of Columbia and detailed labor market information is available at: http://does.dc.gov/page/labor-statistics
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 2013 annual benchmark revisions.
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.