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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 19,200 Jobs in June

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 19,200 Jobs in June

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 5.4 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary June job estimates show an increase of 19,200 jobs for a total of 2,539,600 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 21,200 jobs, while the public sector lost 2,000 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted June 2014 unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, which is up 0.3 percentage points from the May 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 June 2014 was 2,594,200, of which 2,455,200 were employed and 139,000 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,880,800, of which 2,736,700 were employed and 144,100 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 5.0 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 3,257,200, of which 3,084,500 were employed and 172,700 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.3 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Suburban Ring and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.3 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 18,300, while the number of employed increased by 33,600, and the number of unemployed decreased by 15,300. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 7,200, while the number of employed increased by 23,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 16,200.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 8,200, while the number of employed increased by 29,300 and the number of unemployed decreased by 21,100.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.6 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.7 percentage points.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 19,200 jobs. The private sector increased by 21,200 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 2,000 jobs over the month.  Seven private sectors along with the federal and local government had over-the-month job gains.  One private sector along with the state government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in other services which gained 2,000 jobs; professional and business services gained 6,400 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 7,900 jobs; financial activities gained 800 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 3,300 jobs; mining, logging, and construction gained 6,900 jobs; and information gained 200 jobs.  Job losses were registered in educational and health services which lost 6,300 jobs. Meanwhile manufacturing had no over-the-month job change. Government overall  lost 2,000 jobs over the month. State government lost 6,100 jobs, while the federal government increased  by 1,500 jobs, and the local government increased by 2,600 jobs.

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 22,300 jobs. The private sector added 27,200 jobs, while the public sector lost 4,900 jobs. Leisure and Hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 9,400 jobs. Five other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 2,900 jobs); educational and health services (up 5,900 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (up 5,400 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 6,900 jobs); and other services (up 800 jobs). Manufacturing recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,200 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: professional and business services (down 300 jobs); and information (down 1,600 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.