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Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 1,200 jobs, for a total of 734,300 jobs in the District. The private sector gained 2,300 jobs, while the public sector payrolls decreased by 1,100 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 unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in April, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the March revised rate of 8.6 percent. The number of unemployed District residents decreased by 400 from 31,900 in March 2013 to 31,500 in April 2013.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released March estimates were revised upward to show an over-the-month (February-March), total non-farm employment increase of 4,100 jobs. The March unemployment rate was revised upward from 8.5 to 8.6 percent.
Labor Force Overview
NOTES: The April 2013 final and May 2013 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, June 21, 2013. 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 2012 annual benchmark revisions.
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.