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

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 4.9 Percent – Down 1 Percentage Point
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary November job estimates show an increase of 11,000 jobs for a total of 2,512,400 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 10,300 jobs, while the public sector increased by 700 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted November 2013 unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, which is down 1.0 percentage point from the October rate of 5.9 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for November 2013 was 2,514,600, of which 2,390,300 were employed and 124,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,813,600, of which 2,685,000 were employed and 128,600 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 4.6 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 3,177,300, of which 3,022,300 were employed and 155,000 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 4.9 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased by 1.0 percentage point, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.9 percentage points, and the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.7 percentage points.
 
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force decreased over the year by 7,300, while the number of employed decreased by 200, and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,200. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring decreased over the year by 5,400, while the number of employed increased by 200, and the number of unemployed decreased by 5,600.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force decreased by 9,200, while the number of employed increased by 300 and the number of unemployed decreased by 9,500.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.3 percentage points each, and the unemployment rate for the Suburban ring decreased by 0.2 percentage points.
 
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 10,300 jobs, and the public sector increased by 700 jobs over the month.  Four private sectors, along with the state and local government, had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, three private sectors along with the federal government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 200 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 500 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 9,300 jobs; and  professional and business services gained 1,000 jobs. Job losses were registered in mining, logging, and construction, which lost 300 jobs; other services lost 200 jobs; and information lost 200 jobs.  Educational and health services along with manufacturing had no over-the-month job change. Government overall gained 700 jobs over the month. State government gained 900 jobs, while the federal government decreased  by 2,000 jobs, and the local government gained 1,800 jobs. 
 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 11,300 jobs. The private sector added 17,000 jobs, while the public sector lost 5,700 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 15,300 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: manufacturing (up 300 jobs); financial activities (up 6,900 jobs); and trade, transportation, and utilities (up 3,200 jobs). Professional and business services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 5,700 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: educational and health services (down 400 jobs); information (down 1,300 jobs); other services (down 100 jobs); and mining, logging, and construction (down 1,200 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 2012 annual benchmark revisions.