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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 7,400 Jobs in February

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 7,400 Jobs in February

Washington Metropolitan Division Unemployment Rate at 5.5 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary February job estimates show an increase of 7,400 jobs for a total of 2,463,100 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 2,000 jobs, accompanied by an increase of 5,400 public sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted February 2013 unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, which is down 0.3 percentage points from the January rate of 5.8 percent. 

Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for February 2013 was 2,517,000, of which 2,377,400 were employed and 139,600 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,807,600, of which 2,665,700 were employed and 141,900 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 3,179,600, of which 3,005,600 were employed and 174,000 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.5 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased by 0.3 percentage points, while the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring decreased 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 18,200, while the number of employed increased by 29,500, and the number of unemployed decreased by 11,300. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 5,600, while the number of employed increased by 17,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 11,800. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 24,700, while the number of employed increased by 37,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 13,200.  For the year, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased by 0.5 percentage points, while the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.4 percentage points each.
 
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
 
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 7,400 jobs. The private sector increased by 2,000 jobs, and the public sector increased by 5,400 jobs. Six private sectors along with the state and local government had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, two sectors along with the federal government had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in mining, logging, and construction which gained 800 jobs; professional and business services gained 200 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 1,800 jobs; educational and health services gained 2,400 jobs; manufacturing  gained 200 jobs; and information gained 800 jobs. Job losses were registered in financial activities, which lost 100 jobs and trade, transportation, and utilities, which lost 4,100 jobs. Meanwhile, other services had no over-the-month job change.  Government  increased by 5,400 jobs. State government gained 6,300 jobs, while the federal government lost 1,700 jobs, and the local government gained 800 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 27,200 jobs. The private sector added 21,300 jobs, while the public sector gained 5,900 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 8,900 jobs. Five other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: educational and health services (up by 7,500 jobs); financial activities (up 4,100 jobs); professional and business services (up 4,000 jobs); information (up by 200 jobs) and mining, logging and construction (up 300 jobs). Other services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,700 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 100 jobs); and trade, transportation, and utilities (down 900 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, 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.