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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 12,700 Jobs in April

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 12,700 Jobs in April

Washington Metropolitan Division Unemployment Rate at 5.0 Percent
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 12,700 jobs for a total of 2,492,800 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 14,300 jobs, accompanied by a decrease of 1,600 public sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted April 2013 unemployment rate was 5.0 percent, which is down 0.2 percentage points from the March rate of 5.2 percent. 
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for April 2013 was 2,527,800, of which 2,401,000 were employed and 126,800 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.0 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,826,300, of which 2,696,100 were employed and 130,100 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 3,194,600, of which 3,035,100 were employed and 159,500 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.0 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring declined by 0.2 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 31,600, while the number of employed increased by 34,200, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,700. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 27,200, while the number of employed increased by 30,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 3,300. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 42,500, while the number of employed increased by 44,800, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,300.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Suburban Ring declined by 0.2 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.1 percentage point.
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 12,700 jobs. The private sector increased by 14,300 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 1,600 jobs. Eight private sectors had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, one private sector along with the federal and state government had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in mining, logging and construction, which gained 1,100 jobs; professional and business services gained 2,400 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 4,500 jobs; financial activities gained 200 jobs; other services gained 1,900 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 3,700 jobs; educational and health services gained 1,100 jobs; and manufacturing gained 100 jobs. Job losses were registered in information which lost 700 jobs.  Government  decreased by 1,600 jobs. State government lost 500 jobs, while the federal government lost 1,100 jobs, and the local government had no over-the-month job change. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 25,200 jobs. The private sector added 22,100 jobs, while the public sector gained 3,100 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 7,600 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: educational and health services (up by 7,000 jobs); financial activities (up 5,100 jobs); professional and business services (up 2,600 jobs); and trade, transportation, and utilities (up 3,100 jobs). Mining, logging and construction recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,300 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 100 jobs); and other services (down 900 jobs). Meanwhile, information had no over-the-year job change.  
 
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.