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Washington Metro Division Unemployment Rate at 6.0 Percent in October

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Washington Metro Division Unemployment Rate at 6.0 Percent in October

October job estimates show an increase of 13,500 jobs
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary October job estimates show an increase of 13,500 jobs for a total of 2,501,700 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 8,800 jobs, while the public sector increased by 4,700 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted October 2013 unemployment rate was 6.0 percent, which is up 0.6 percentage points from the September 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 October 2013 was 2,517,200, of which 2,366,400 were employed and 150,800 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,817,400, of which 2,666,700 were employed and 150,800 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 5.4 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 3,180,900, of which 2,994,300 were employed and 186,600 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.9 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring increased by 0.6 percentage points each.
 
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force decreased over the year by 19,500, while the number of employed decreased by 34,400, and the number of unemployed increased by 14,800. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring decreased over the year by 19,800, while the number of employed decreased by 31,400, and the number of unemployed increased by 11,700.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force decreased by 24,000, while the number of employed decreased by 40,500 and the number of unemployed increased by 16,500.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.6 percentage points each, and the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring increased 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 13,500 jobs. The private sector increased by 8,800 jobs, and the public sector increased by 4,700 jobs over the month.  Six private sectors, along with the state and local government, had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, three private sectors along with the federal government had over-the-month job losses.  Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 600 jobs; educational and health services gained 7,200 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 200 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 4,400 jobs; manufacturing gained 100 jobs; and other services gained 600 jobs. Job losses were registered in mining, logging, and construction, which lost 1,800 jobs; professional and business services lost 2,400 jobs; and information lost 100 jobs. Government overall gained 4,700 jobs over the month. State government gained 3,200 jobs, while the federal government decreased  by 1,400 jobs, and the local government gained 2,900 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 8,300 jobs. The private sector added 12,200 jobs, while the public sector lost 3,900 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 14,200 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: educational and health services (up by 1,000 jobs); financial activities (up 6,600 jobs); and trade, transportation, and utilities (up 4,200 jobs). Professional and business services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 8,700 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 300 jobs); information (down 1,100 jobs); other services (down 900 jobs); and mining, logging, and construction (down 2,800 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 2012 annual benchmark revisions.