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District’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.4 Percent

Friday, July 18, 2014

District’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.4 Percent

Rate Declines from May’s 7.5 Percent Revised Figure

(Washington, DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray today welcomed the latest unemployment figures from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which indicate that the District’s unemployment rate for June dropped to 7.4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from the revised May rate of 7.5 percent.

The statistics show that the number of unemployed District residents decreased by 500, from 27,800 in May to 27,300 in June. The District gained 5,700 jobs over the month, for a total of 752,200 jobs in the city. The private sector gained 4,600 jobs, while public-sector payrolls increased by 1,100 jobs.

“I’m proud to see yet more District residents getting back to work – but I remain committed to ensuring that every District resident who is willing and able to work can find a good job,” said Mayor Gray. “I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that more jobs are available in the District, and that more of our residents have the tools they need to compete for those jobs.”

The biggest job gains came in the construction, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and trade/transportation/utilities sectors. There was an increase of 1,000 in federal jobs. The District’s civilian labor force increased over the month by 700 and the number of employed District residents increased by 1,200, leading to the net loss of 500 unemployed residents.

Department of Employment Services (DOES) Interim Director Tom Luparello said, “The steady decline in the District’s unemployment numbers is a testament to the progress DOES has made in improving the agency’s programs and services, job training offerings, and increased outreach activities in an effort to help put our residents back to work.”