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The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the preliminary March job estimates show an increase of 4,200 jobs, for a total of 735,500 jobs in the District. The private sector gained 3,200 jobs, while the public sector payrolls increased by 1,000 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 9.8 percent in March and is unchanged from the previous month. The number of unemployed District residents decreased only slightly – from 34,300 in February 2012 to 34,200 in March 2012.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released February estimates were revised downward by 400 jobs to show an over-the-month (January-February) total non-farm employment gain of 5,500 jobs. The February revised unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percent to 9.8 percent from 9.9 percent.
NOTES: The March final and April 2012 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, May 18, 2012. Historical jobs and labor force estimates for the District of Columbia and detailed labor market information is available on the DOES website under Labor Statistics.
Technical Notes: Estimates of industry employment and unemployment levels are arrived at 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 2011 annual benchmark revisions.
Announcement: Changes to the Procedures for Producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State Estimates
Production of March Preliminary Current Employment Statistics Data
The production of State and metropolitan area Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates has transitioned from State Workforce Agencies to the Bureau of Labor Statistics with the production of preliminary estimates for March 2011. Concurrent with this transition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will implement several methodological changes to standardize the estimation approach across States. While these changes will reduce the potential for statistical bias in state and metropolitan area estimates, they may increase the month-to-month variability of the estimates. More detailed information on the changes to procedures for producing CES estimates is available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.