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DC Economy Adds 7,400 Jobs in June

Friday, July 19, 2019

(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in June; this was a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the reported May rate.

The District’s preliminary June job estimates show an increase of 7,400 jobs, for a total of 799,100 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 5,600 jobs.  The public sector increased by 1,800 jobs. The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of the District of Columbia’s employers.

“Through continued investment and expanding opportunities for public-private partnerships, the Bowser Administration is able to positively impact the growth of our local economy,” said DOES Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. “As we continue to experience economic progression, we remain committed to ensuring District residents have access to the resources, tools and quality workforce training needed to place them on a pathway to the middle class.”

The number of employed District residents increased by 1,500 from 386,600 in May 2019 to 388,100 in June 2019. The civilian labor force for the District was up 1,400 from 409,800 in May 2019 to 411,200 in June 2019. The labor force participation rate increased 0.2 percentage points from 70.9 percent in May 2019 to 71.1 percent in June 2019.

Employment Overview

  • Mining, Logging and Construction sector increased by 200 jobs, after an increase of 200 jobs in the prior month.   With employment at 15,900 jobs, jobs are down 200 or 1.24 percent from a year ago.
  • Trade Transportation and Utilities sector increased by 100 jobs, after a decrease of 100 jobs in the prior month.  With employment at 33,200 jobs, jobs are up by 100 or 0.3 percent from a year ago.
  • Information sector increased by 300 jobs, after a decrease of 300 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 20,100 jobs, jobs are up by 400 or 2.03 percent from a year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector increased by 400 jobs, after a decrease of 100 jobs in the prior month.  With employment at 30,000 jobs, jobs are down by 100 or 0.33 percent from a year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services sector increased by 3,800 jobs, after an increase of 800 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 170,700 jobs, jobs are up by 1,100 or 0.65 percent from a year ago.
  • Other Services sector increased by 1,800 jobs after a decrease of 200 jobs in the prior month.   With employment at 78,300 jobs, jobs are up by 1,100 or 1.42percent from a year ago.
  • Manufacturing sector remained the same as the previous month and the previous year.  With employment at 1,400 jobs.
  • Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 500 jobs, after a decrease of 2,400 in the prior month. With employment at 128,400 jobs, jobs are up by 2,200 or 1.74 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector decreased by 500 jobs, after an increase of 700 jobs in the prior month.  With employment at 83,000 jobs, jobs are up by 1,000 or 1.22 percent from a year ago.

Labor Force Overview

  • The number of employed District residents increased by 1,500 over the month to 388,100. The civilian labor force increased by 1,400 to 411,200.
  • One year ago, total employment was 382,500 and the civilian labor force was 405,300.

The number of unemployed was 22,800, and the unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.


NOTES: The June 2019 final and July 2019 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs for the District of Columbia, will be released on Friday, August 16, 2019. Historical jobs and labor force estimates for the District of Columbia and detailed labor market information is available here.

Technical Notes: Estimates of industry employment and unemployment levels are arrived through the use of two different monthly surveys.

Industry employment data is derived from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, a monthly survey of business establishments conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the US Department of Labor, which provides estimates of employment, hours, and earnings data broken down by industry for the nation as a whole, all states, and most major metropolitan areas (often referred to as the “establishment” survey).

Resident employment and unemployment data are mainly derived from the District’s portion of the national Current Population Survey (CPS), a household survey conducted each month by the US Census Bureau under contract with BLS, which provides input to the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program (often referred to as the “household” survey).

Both industry and household estimates are revised each month based on additional information from updated survey reports compiled by BLS. In addition, these estimates are benchmarked (revised) annually based on actual counts from the District’s Unemployment Compensation Law administrative records and other data.

Data reflects 2018 annual benchmark revisions.
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.