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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 3,000 Private Sector Jobs in July

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 3,000 Private Sector Jobs in July

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate Stays at 5.4 Percent
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary July job estimates show a decrease of 7,500 jobs for a total of 2,532,600 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 3,000 jobs, while the public sector lost 10,500 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted July 2014 unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, which is unchanged from the June 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 July 2014 was 2,608,500, of which 2,466,800 were employed and 141,700 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 2,892,800, of which 2,746,600 were employed and 146,200 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 5.1 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 3,273,700, of which 3,097,300 were employed and 176,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.4 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Suburban Ring and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.1 percentage points each while the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division was unchanged.
 
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 17,000, while the number of employed increased by 24,700, and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,700. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 1,800, while the number of employed increased by 8,100, and the number of unemployed decreased by 6,100.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 5,000, while the number of employed increased by 14,500 and the number of unemployed decreased by 9,400.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased by 0.4 percentage points, the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.2 percentage points, while the unemployment rate for the Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.3 percentage points.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 7,500 jobs. The private sector increased by 3,000 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 10,500 jobs over the month.  Six private sectors along with the federal and state government had over-the-month job gains.  Three private sectors along with the local government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in other services which gained 700 jobs; professional and business services gained 2,000 jobs; financial activities gained 900 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 1,400 jobs;  educational and health services gained 400 jobs; and information gained 100 jobs.  Job losses were registered in leisure and hospitality which lost 1,500 jobs; mining, logging, and construction lost  900 jobs; and manufacturing lost 100 jobs. Government overall  lost 10,500 jobs over the month. State government gained 6,400 jobs, while the federal government increased  by 1,500 jobs, and the local government decreased by 18,400 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 18,800 jobs. The private sector added 25,300 jobs, while the public sector lost 6,500 jobs. Leisure and Hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 8,300 jobs. Six other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 3,300 jobs); educational and health services (up 3,500 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (up 6,700 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 4,200 jobs); professional and business services (up 800 jobs) and other services (up 2,300 jobs). Manufacturing recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,200 jobs. One other private sector industry posted a year-over job loss: 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.