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Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 5.1 Percent

Friday, March 21, 2014

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 5.1 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary January job estimates show a decrease of 44,300 jobs for a total of 2,485,900 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 32,700 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 11,600 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted January 2014 unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, which is up 0.4 percentage points from the December rate of 4.7 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for January 2014 was 2,548,600, of which 2,418,100 were employed and 130,500 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,841,100, of which 2,707,900 were employed and 133,200 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 4.7 percent.  In the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland Metropolitan Division, the civilian labor force was 3,208,500, of which 3,047,800 were employed and 160,700 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.0 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.4 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring increased by 0.3 percentage points.
 
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 9,700, while the number of employed increased by 31,500, and the number of unemployed decreased by 21,800. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 9,900, while the number of employed increased by 31,500, and the number of unemployed decreased by 21,500.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 4,600, while the number of employed increased by 33,500 and the number of unemployed decreased by 28,900.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.9 percentage points each and the Suburban ring decreased by 0.8 percentage points.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 44,300 jobs. The private sector decreased by 32,700 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 11,600 jobs over the month.  Two private sectors, had over-the-month job gains.  Six private sectors along with the federal, state and local government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in manufacturing,  which gained 100 jobs and other services gained 800 jobs. Job losses were registered in mining, logging, and construction, which lost 1,000 jobs;leisure and hospitality lost 4,000 jobs; educational and health services lost 4,500 jobs; financial activities lost 400 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities lost 13,500 jobs; and professional and business services lost 10,200 jobs. Government overall lost 11,600 jobs over the month. State government lost 8,500 jobs, while the federal government decreased  by 700 jobs, and the local government decreased by 2,400 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 17,800 jobs. The private sector added 22,800 jobs, while the public sector lost 5,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 10,800 jobs. Five other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 2,600 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (up 4,700 jobs); educational and health services (up 8,700 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 4,100 jobs); and other services (up 3,200 jobs). Professional and business services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 9,200 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 2,000 jobs); and information (down 100 jobs).
 
Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area Explanations
 
Estimated Labor Force and Employment for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division includes: The District of Columbia, Virginia Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park and the Virginia Counties of Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren; the Maryland Counties of Calvert, Charles, and Prince Georges; and the West Virginia County of Jefferson.
 
The estimates for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area will be the summation of the estimates for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (contained in this release) and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (to be released by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation).
 
Data reflects the 2013 annual benchmark revisions.