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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 10,400 Jobs in May

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 10,400 Jobs in May

Washington Metropolitan Division Unemployment Rate at 5.6 Percent
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary May job estimates show an increase of 10,400 jobs for a total of 2,506,800 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 10,400 jobs, and the public sector had no over-the-month job change. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted May 2013 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, which is up 0.6 percentage points from the April rate of 5.0 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for May 2013 was 2,543,100, of which 2,401,800 were employed and 141,200 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,842,100, of which 2,694,600 were employed and 147,500 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 5.2 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 3,211,600, of which 3,033,300 were employed and 178,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.6 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring increased by 0.6 percentage points 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 26,600, while the number of employed increased by 25,500, and the number of unemployed increased by 1,000. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 24,500, while the number of employed increased by 19,600, and the number of unemployed increased by 4,900.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 34,200, while the number of employed increased by 30,800 and the number of unemployed increased by 3,400.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring increased by 0.1 percentage point each, while the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division was unchanged.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 10,400 jobs. The private sector increased by 10,400 jobs, and the public sector had no over-the-month job change. Seven private sectors along with the local government had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, two private sectors along with the federal and state government had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in mining, logging and construction, which gained 1,300 jobs; professional and business services gained 1,800 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 10,900 jobs; financial activities gained 300 jobs; other services gained 800 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 3,400 jobs; and manufacturing gained 400 jobs. Job losses were registered in information which lost 600 jobs; and educational and health services which lost  7,900 jobs.  Government  overall had no over-the-month job change. State government lost 800 jobs, while the federal government lost 1,300 jobs, and the local government gained 2,100 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 31,700 jobs. The private sector added 27,300 jobs, while the public sector gained 4,400 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 10,200 jobs. Five other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: educational and health services (up by 5,200 jobs); financial activities (up 5,100 jobs); professional and business services (up 7,000 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (up 3,400 jobs); and manufacturing (up 200 jobs). Mining, logging and construction recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 1,800 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: information (down 1,000 jobs); and other services (down 1,000 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, 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 2012 annual benchmark revisions.