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District’s Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 8.5 Percent

Friday, June 21, 2013

District’s Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 8.5 Percent

Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the preliminary May job estimates show a decrease of 4,400 jobs, for a total of 730,300 jobs in the District. The private sector lost 4,000 jobs, while the public sector payrolls decreased by 400 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 May was 8.5 percent, which stayed unchanged from the April revised rate. The number of unemployed District residents increased by 100 from 31,500 in April 2013 to 31,600 in May 2013.
 
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released April estimates were revised upward to show an over-the-month (March-April), total non-farm employment increase of 1,600 jobs. The April revised unemployment rate stays at 8.5 percent.
 
Employment Overview
 
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities gained 100 jobs over-the-month, after a loss of 100 jobs in April. With employment at 27,100, jobs are down by 900 or -3.2 percent from a year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services gained 900 jobs, after a gain of 400 jobs in April. With employment at 155,900, jobs are up by 3,400 or 2.2 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality gained 1,600 jobs, after a gain of 1,900 jobs in April. With employment at 68,800, jobs are up by 800 or 1.2 percent over the year.
  • Financial Activities gained 100 jobs, after a gain of 400 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 28,600, jobs are up by 600 or 2.1 percent from one year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services decreased by 6,400 jobs, after a gain of 500 jobs the prior month. With employment at 114,900, jobs are up by 2,700 or 2.4 percent from a year ago. 
  • Other Services gained 300 jobs, after a loss of 200 the prior month. With employment at 68,400, jobs are up by 100 or 0.1 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction dropped 200 jobs, after a drop of 100 jobs in April. With employment at 13,300, jobs are down by 200 or -1.5 percent from a year ago.
  • Information lost 400 jobs, after a loss of 100 jobs in April. At 16,300, employment is down by 1,000 jobs or -5.8 percent from one year ago.
  • Manufacturing had no over-the-month job change, after having no job change the prior month. With employment at 900, jobs are down by 100 or -10.0 percent from one year ago.

Labor Force Overview


  • The number of employed District residents decreased by 300 over the month to 340,600. The civilian labor force decreased by 400 to 372,100.
  • One year ago, total employment was 359,300 and the civilian labor force was 326,500.  The number of unemployed was 32,800, and the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.
 
NOTES: The May 2013 final and June 2013 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, July 19, 2013. Historical jobs and labor force estimates for the District of Columbia and detailed labor market information.
 
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.