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Washington Metro Division Unemployment Rate Decreases Slightly to 5.8 Percent

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Washington Metro Division Unemployment Rate Decreases Slightly to 5.8 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary July job estimates show a decrease of 10,500 jobs for a total of 2,508,000 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 300 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 10,200 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted July 2013 unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, which is down 0.2 percentage points from the June revised rate of 6.0 percent.

Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for July 2013 was 2,575,000, of which 2,425,800 were employed and 149,200 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,878,500, of which 2,726,000 were employed and 152,500 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 5.3 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 3,254,300, of which 3,068,000 were employed and 186,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.7 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division declined by 0.2 percentage points, while the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.3 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 23,500, while the number of employed increased by 25,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 1,800. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 21,000, while the number of employed increased by 22,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 1,600.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 27,900, while the number of employed increased by 30,000 and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,200.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Suburban ring decreased by 0.1 percentage point each.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 10,500 jobs. The private sector decreased by 300 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 10,200 jobs over the month. Three private sectors, along with the federal and state government, had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, six private sectors, along with the local government, had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 2,200 jobs; other services gained 1,200 jobs; and information gained 400 jobs. Job losses were registered in educational and health services, which lost 400 jobs; mining, logging, and construction lost 200 jobs; professional and business services lost 1,300 jobs; leisure and hospitality lost 700 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities lost 900 jobs; and manufacturing lost 600 jobs.  Government overall lost 10,200 jobs over the month. State government gained 8,300 jobs, while the federal government gained 100 jobs, and the local government lost 18,600 jobs.

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 33,600 jobs. The private sector added 33,000 jobs, while the public sector gained 600 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 14,600 jobs. Seven other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: educational and health services (up by 6,400 jobs); financial activities (up 7,400 jobs); professional and business services (up 1,800 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (up 4,900 jobs); information (up 500 jobs); and other services (up 600 jobs). Mining, logging, and construction recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,800 jobs. One other private sector industry posted a year-over job loss: manufacturing (down 400 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.

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