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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 11,000 Jobs in June

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 11,000 Jobs in June

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 5.8 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary June job estimates show an increase of 11,000 jobs for a total of 2,477,600 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The public sector decreased by 2,400 jobs, accompanied by an increase of 13,400 private sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted June 2012 unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, which is up 0.4 percent from the May rate of 5.4 percent. 

 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for June 2012 was 2,570,900, of which 2,423,000 were employed and 147,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,877,200, of which 2,724,900 were employed and 152,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.3 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 3,235,300, of which 3,050,600 were employed and 184,700 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.7 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Suburban Ring increased by 0.4 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 44,000, while the number of employed increased by 56,500, and the number of unemployed decreased by 12,500. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring over the year increased by 38,200, while the number of employed increased by 45,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,200. Meanwhile the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 49,700, while the number of employed increased by 63,800, and the number of unemployed decreased by 14,100.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division and the Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.5 percent each, and the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.3 percent.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 11,000 jobs. The private sector increased by 13,400 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 2,400 jobs. Eight private sectors along with the federal and local government had over-the-month job gains.  Meanwhile, one sector along with the state government had an over-the-month job loss. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 400 jobs; professional and business services gained 5,300 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 2,900 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 3,700 jobs; mining, logging, and construction gained 300 jobs; manufacturing increased by 600 jobs; information increased by 100 jobs, and other services gained 1,000 jobs.  Job losses were registered in educational and health services, which lost 900 jobs over the month. Government decreased by 2,400 jobs. State government lost 7,000 jobs, while the federal government gained 1,800 jobs, and the local government added 2,800 jobs. 
 
During the last twelve months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 32,000 jobs. The private sector added 32,100 jobs, while the public sector lost 100 jobs. Educational & Health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 11,200 jobs. Six other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 5,400 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 5,700 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 8,000 jobs); professional and business services (up 3,800 jobs); other services (up 100 jobs); and manufacturing (up 900 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 1,600 jobs. One other private sector industry posted a year-over job loss:  information (down 1,400 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.