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Washington Metropolitan Division Unemployment Rate at 5.8 Percent

Friday, March 22, 2013

Washington Metropolitan Division Unemployment Rate at 5.8 Percent

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary January job estimates show a decrease of 45,200 jobs for a total of 2,454,900 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 35,700 jobs, accompanied by a decrease of 9,500 public sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted January 2013 unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, which is up 0.4 percentage points from the December 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 January 2013 was 2,527,700, of which 2,380,000 were employed and 147,700 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 2,821,400, of which 2,672,400 were employed and 148,900 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 3,191,700, of which 3,008,100 were employed and 183,600 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.8 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Suburban Ring increased by 0.4 percentage points each, and the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.5 percentage points.
 
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 39,700, while the number of employed increased by 41,300, and the number of unemployed decreased by 1,600. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 26,600, while the number of employed increased by 28,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 1,900. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 47,200, while the number of employed increased by 48,800, and the number of unemployed decreased by 1,600.  For the year, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased by 0.2 percentage points, while the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area 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 45,200 jobs. The private sector decreased by 35,700 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 9,500 jobs. Two private sectors had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, seven sectors along with the federal, state and local government had over-the-month job losses. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 700 jobs and manufacturing ,which gained 200 jobs. Job losses were registered in mining, logging, and construction which lost 1,500 jobs; professional and business services lost 6,400 jobs; leisure and hospitality lost 5,300 jobs; educational and health services lost 3,800 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities lost 14,200 jobs; information lost 600 jobs; and other services lost 4,800 jobs.  Government decreased by 9,500 jobs. State government lost 7,700 jobs, while the federal government lost 400 jobs, and the local government lost 1,400 jobs. 
 
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 31,400 jobs. The private sector added 24,500 jobs, while the public sector gained 6,900 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 8,900 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: educational and health services (up by 7,000 jobs); financial activities (up 4,600 jobs); professional and business services (up 6,800 jobs) and information (up by 600 jobs). Other services recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,100 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 900 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (down 300 jobs) and mining, logging and construction (down 100 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, 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.