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Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 7,900 Jobs in May

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Washington Metro Division Shows an Overall Increase of 7,900 Jobs in May

Washington Metro Division’s Unemployment Rate at 5.1 Percent
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary May job estimates show an increase of 7,900 jobs for a total of 2,520,700 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 6,300 jobs, while the public sector gained 1,600 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted May 2014 unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, which is up 0.5 percentage points from the April rate of 4.6 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for May 2014 was 2,582,700, of which 2,451,100 were employed and 131,600 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,871,400, of which 2,734,500 were employed and 137,000 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 4.8 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 3,240,300, of which 3,078,500 were employed and 161,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.0 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.5 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring increased by 0.6 percentage points.
 
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 22,400, while the number of employed increased by 32,300, and the number of unemployed decreased by 9,900. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 16,000, while the number of employed increased by 26,200, and the number of unemployed decreased by 10,100.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 13,600, while the number of employed increased by 29,400 and the number of unemployed decreased by 15,700.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.4 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Metropolitan Statistical Area 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 7,900 jobs. The private sector increased by 6,300 jobs, and the public sector increased by 1,600 jobs over the month.  Five private sectors along with the local government had over-the-month job gains.  Four private sectors along with the federal and state government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in other services which gained 400 jobs; professional and business services gained 3,300 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 7,500 jobs; financial activities gained 1,300 jobs; and manufacturing gained 100 jobs.  Job losses were registered in educational and health services which lost 4,900 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities lost 100 jobs; mining, logging, and construction lost 1,200 jobs; and information lost 100 jobs. Government overall  gained 1,600 jobs over the month. State government lost 100 jobs, while the federal government decreased  by 200 jobs, and the local government increased by 1,900 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 5,100 jobs. The private sector added 11,300 jobs, while the public sector lost 6,200 jobs. Leisure and Hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 6,600 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 3,500 jobs); educational and health services (up 3,500 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (up 4,200 jobs); and mining, logging, and construction (up 1,700 jobs). Professional and business services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 4,400 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 2,100 jobs); other services (down 100 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.