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Washington Metropolitan Division Unemployment Rate at 5.3 Percent

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Washington Metropolitan Division Unemployment Rate at 5.3 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary December job estimates show a decrease of 3,000 jobs for a total of 2,480,500 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 5,300 jobs, accompanied by an increase of 2,300 public sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted December 2012 unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, which is up 0.2 percentage points from the November revised rate of 5.1 percent.

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

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for December 2012 was 2,567,600, of which 2,432,700 were employed and 134,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.3 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,864,600, of which 2,728,200 were employed and 136,400 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 3,230,600, of which 3,062,600 were employed and 168,000 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.2 percent. For the month, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring increased by 0.2 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 34,300, while the number of employed increased by 39,300, and the number of unemployed decreased by 5,000. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring over the year increased by 25,300, while the number of employed increased by 26,100, and the number of unemployed decreased by 800. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 49,000, while the number of employed increased by 51,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,900.  For the year, the unemployment rate for the Metropolitan Division and the Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.2 percentage points, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring was unchanged.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 3,000 jobs. The private sector decreased by 5,300 jobs, and the public sector increased by 2,300 jobs. Three private sectors along with the federal, state, and local government had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, six sectors had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 1,000 jobs; information gained 200 jobs; and other services gained 200 jobs. Job losses were registered in mining, logging, and construction which lost 2,000 jobs; professional and business services lost 900 jobs; leisure and hospitality lost 1,000 jobs; manufacturing lost 100 jobs; educational and health services lost 1,300 jobs; and trade, transportation, and utilities lost 1,400 jobs.  Government increased by 2,300 jobs. State government gained 1,000 jobs, while the federal government gained 600 jobs, and the local government gained 700 jobs.

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 13,900 jobs. The private sector added 6,200 jobs, while the public sector gained 7,700 jobs. Educational and health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 11,300 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 4,700 jobs); other services (up 200 jobs) and mining, logging and construction (up 100 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 9,900 jobs. One other private sector industry posted a year-over job loss: manufacturing (down 200 jobs).  Meanwhile, information, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality had no over-the-year job changes.

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.

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.