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(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary February job estimates show an increase of 8,400 jobs for a total of 2,431,900 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The public sector increased by 5,900 jobs, accompanied by an increase of 2,500 private sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted February 2012 unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, which is up 0.2 percent from the January rate of 5.7 percent.
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for February 2012 was 2,538,100, of which 2,388,900 were employed and 149,200 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.9 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,841,900, of which 2,692,000 were employed and 149,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.3 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 3,189,300, of which 3,005,000 were employed and 184,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.8 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, and Suburban Ring increased by 0.2 percent each.
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 43,400, while the number of employed increased by 45,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,500. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring over the year increased by 43,700, while the number of employed increased by 47,700 and the number of unemployed decreased by 3,900. Meanwhile the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 46,200, while the number of employed increased by 49,700 and the number of unemployed decreased by 3,400. For the year, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division, the Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.2 percent each.
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 8,400 jobs. The private sector increased by 2,500 jobs, and the public sector increased by 5,900 jobs. Five private sectors, along with state and local government, had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, four sectors along with the federal government had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 500 jobs; information increased by 1,100 jobs; professional and business services gained 1,500 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 1,600 jobs; and educational and health services gained 5,100 jobs. Job losses were registered in trade, transportation, and utilities which lost 5,300 jobs; mining, logging, and construction had a decline of 900 jobs; other services lost 1,000 jobs; and manufacturing lost 100 jobs. Government increased by 5,900 jobs or +1.0 percent. An increase of 5,800 jobs at the state government level was accompanied by a decline of 1,900 jobs at the federal government level, and local government gained 2,000 jobs.
During the last twelve months, the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 35,200 jobs. The private sector added 33,800 jobs, while the public sector gained 1,400 jobs. Educational & Health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 13,100 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 4,500 jobs); professional and business services (up 2,100 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 5,600 jobs); and leisure and hospitality (up 12,900 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 3,300 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 500 jobs); other services (down 500 jobs); and information (down 100 jobs).
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.
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 BLS 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 BLS Web site at http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm.