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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Decrease of 18,900 Jobs in July

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Decrease of 18,900 Jobs in July

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 5.7 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary July job estimates show a decrease of 18,900 jobs for a total of 2,460,900 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The public sector decreased by 15,300 jobs, accompanied by a decrease of 3,600 private sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted July 2012 unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, which is down 0.1 percent from the June rate of 5.8 percent.

Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for July 2012 was 2,589,500, of which 2,442,500 were employed and 147,000 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.7 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,898,800, of which 2,748,600 were employed and 150,200 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.2 percent. In the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the Metropolitan Division and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland Metropolitan Division, the civilian labor force was 3,259,700, of which 3,076,800 were employed and 182,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.6 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.1 percent each.

Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data

The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 38,800, while the number of employed increased by 48,700, and the number of unemployed decreased by 9,900. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring over the year increased by 38,500, while the number of employed increased by 43,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 5,400. Meanwhile the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 49,300, while the number of employed increased by 60,100, and the number of unemployed decreased by 10,800. For the year, the unemployment rate for the Metropolitan Division decreased by 0.5 percent, the Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.4 percent, and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.2 percent.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 18,900 jobs. The private sector decreased by 3,600 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 15,300 jobs. Five private sectors along with the federal government had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, four sectors along with the state and local government had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 200 jobs; professional and business services gained 100 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 700 jobs; mining, logging, and construction gained 1,300 jobs; and other services gained 200 jobs. Job losses were registered in educational and health services, which lost 1,700 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities lost 3,400 jobs; information decreased by 100 jobs; and manufacturing decreased by 900 jobs over the month. Government decreased by 15,300 jobs. State government lost 600 jobs, while the federal government gained 2,700 jobs, and the local government dropped 17,400 jobs.

During the last twelve months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 18,000 jobs. The private sector added 32,600 jobs, while the public sector lost 14,600 jobs. Educational and health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 10,600 jobs. Six other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 4,600 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 5,600 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 9,000 jobs); professional and business services (up 5,400 jobs); other services (up 1,200 jobs); and manufacturing (up 200 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,700 jobs. One other private sector industry posted a year-over job loss:  information (down 1,300 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, and the Virginia Counties of Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren County; 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 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 (BLS) with the production of preliminary estimates for March 2011.  Concurrent with this transition, the BLS 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 BLS Web site at http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm.