(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 8,000 jobs for a total of 2,455,700 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The public sector decreased by 900 jobs, accompanied by an increase of 8,900 private sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted April 2012 unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, which is down -0.5 percent from the March rate of 5.6 percent.
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for April 2012 was 2,530,200, of which 2,400,600 were employed and 129,600 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 2,836,500, of which 2,703,000 were employed and 133,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 4.7 percent. In the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the Metropolitan Division and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland Metropolitan Division, the civilian labor force was 3,182,600, of which 3,020,500 were employed and 162,100 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.1 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division decreased by 0.5 percent, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.4 percent, and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.3 percent.
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 32,500, while the number of employed increased by 40,500, and the number of unemployed decreased by 8,000. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring over the year increased by 32,500, while the number of employed increased by 37,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 5,000. Meanwhile the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 36,200, while the number of employed increased by 44,700, and the number of unemployed decreased by 8,500. For the year, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division decreased by 0.4 percent, the Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.3 percent, and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.2 percent.
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 8,000 jobs. The private sector increased by 8,900 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 900 jobs. Seven private sectors had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, two sectors along with the federal and local government had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 300 jobs; professional and business services gained 1,600 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 2,800 jobs; educational and health services gained 900 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 2,100 jobs; mining, logging, and construction gained 1,500 jobs and manufacturing increased by 300 jobs. Job losses were registered in information and other services which lost 300 jobs each. Government decreased by 900 jobs or -0.2 percent. State government had no over-the-month job change. Meanwhile there was a loss of 600 jobs at the federal government level, and local government lost 300 jobs.
During the last twelve months, the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 30,100 jobs. The private sector added 28,100 jobs, while the public sector gained 2,000 jobs. Educational & Health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 14,800 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 4,800 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 5,600 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 7,900 jobs); and professional and business services (up 300 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 3,100 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: information (down 1,600 jobs); and other services (down 600 jobs). Manufacturing had no over-the-year job change.
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, and the Virginia Counties of Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren County, 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 2011 annual benchmark revisions.
- Wage and Salary Employment by Industry and Place of Work [PDF]
- Employment Status for the Civilian Population [PDF]
Announcement: Changes to the Procedures for Producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State Estimates
Production of March Preliminary Current Employment Statistics Data
The production of State and metropolitan area Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates has transitioned from State Workforce Agencies to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) with the production of preliminary estimates for March 2011. Concurrent with this transition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will implement several methodological changes to standardize the estimation approach across States. While these changes will reduce the potential for statistical bias in state and metropolitan area estimates, they may increase the month-to-month variability of the estimates. More detailed information on the changes to procedures for producing CES estimates is available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.