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Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 5.2 Percent

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 5.2 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary February job estimates show a decrease of 1,800 jobs for a total of 2,483,400 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 9,400 jobs, while the public sector increased by 7,600 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted February 2014 unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, which is up 0.1 percentage points from the January rate of 5.1 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for February 2014 was 2,563,700, of which 2,430,100 were employed and 133,500 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,846,800, of which 2,713,700 were employed and 133,100 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 3,218,600, of which 3,055,200 were employed and 163,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.1 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.1 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring was unchanged.
  
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 24,900, while the number of employed increased by 37,700, and the number of unemployed decreased by 12,900. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 20,300, while the number of employed increased by 37,100, and the number of unemployed decreased by 16,900.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 18,500, while the number of employed increased by 37,500 and the number of unemployed decreased by 19,100.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban ring decreased by 0.6 percentage points each.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 1,800 jobs. The private sector decreased by 9,400 jobs, and the public sector increased by 7,600 jobs over the month.  Four private sectors along with the state and local government had over-the-month job gains.  Five private sectors along with the federal government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in information which gained 100 jobs; financial activities gained 200 jobs; mining, logging, and construction gained 700 jobs; and educational and health services gained 2,800 jobs. Job losses were registered in manufacturing  which lost 200 jobs; other services lost 2,500 jobs; leisure and hospitality lost 3,500 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities lost 5,000 jobs; and professional and business services lost 2,000 jobs. Government overall gained 7,600 jobs over the month. State government gained 7,600 jobs, while the federal government decreased  by 1,100 jobs, and the local government increased by 1,100 jobs. 
 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 2,200 jobs. The private sector added 8,600 jobs, while the public sector lost 6,400 jobs. Educational and Health Services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 9,300 jobs. Five other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 2,500 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (up 4,500 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 4,800 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 5,300 jobs); and other services (up 500 jobs). Professional and business services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 14,600 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 2,100 jobs); and information (down 1,600 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.