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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 16,600 Jobs in April

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 16,600 Jobs in April

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 4.6 Percent
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 16,600 jobs for a total of 2,512,500 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 17,100 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 500 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted April 2014 unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, which is down 0.5 percentage points from the March rate of 5.1 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for April 2014 was 2,563,600, of which 2,444,600 were employed and 118,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 4.6 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,852,400, of which 2,732,200 were employed and 120,300 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 4.2 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 3,217,300, of which 3,071,400 were employed and 146,000 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 4.5 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.5 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 20,500, while the number of employed increased by 32,600, and the number of unemployed decreased by 12,200. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 16,800, while the number of employed increased by 31,100, and the number of unemployed decreased by 14,200.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 11,800, while the number of employed increased by 29,700 and the number of unemployed decreased by 17,800.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.6 percentages points each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.5 percentage points.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 16,600 jobs. The private sector increased by 17,100 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 500 jobs over the month.  Seven private sectors along with the state government had over-the-month job gains.  Two private sectors along with the federal and local government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in other services which gained 400 jobs; professional and business services gained 4,000 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 5,500 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 5,500 jobs; financial activities gained 1,100 jobs; mining, logging, and construction gained 1,500 jobs; and manufacturing gained 400 jobs.  Job losses were registered in educational and health services which lost 300 jobs; and information which lost 1,000 jobs. Government overall  lost 500 jobs over the month. State government gained 400 jobs, while the federal government decreased  by 400 jobs, and the local government decreased by 500 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 4,800 jobs. The private sector added 11,200 jobs, while the public sector lost 6,400 jobs. Trade, Transportation and Utilities reported the greatest year-over growth, up 6,200 jobs. Five other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 2,800 jobs); educational and health services (up 5,500 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 5,800 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 3,600 jobs); and other services (up 100 jobs). Professional and business services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 9,500 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 1,900 jobs); and 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, 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 2013 annual benchmark revisions.