Friday, July 19, 2013
District’s Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 8.5 Percent
Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the preliminary June job estimates show an increase of 1,900 jobs, for a total of 732,200 jobs in the District. The private sector gained 1,000 jobs, while the public sector payrolls increased by 900 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.
The District’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 8.5 percent, which stayed unchanged from the May revised rate. The number of unemployed District residents in June 2013 was 31,600, the same as in May 2013.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, the revised job estimates for May show an over-the-month (April-May) total non-farm employment decrease of 4,400 jobs, the same as in preliminary May estimates. The May revised unemployment rate stays at 8.5 percent.
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities had no change in jobs over-the-month, after a gain of 100 jobs in May. With employment at 27,100, jobs are down by 1,100 or -3.9 percent from a year ago.
- Professional and Business Services gained 2,100 jobs, after a gain of 1,000 jobs in May. With employment at 158,100, jobs are up by 4,300 or 2.8 percent from a year ago.
- Leisure and Hospitality gained 1,000 jobs, after a gain of 1,500 jobs in May. With employment at 69,700, jobs are up by 2,400 or 3.6 percent over the year.
- Financial Activities gained 400 jobs, after a gain of 100 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 29,000, jobs are up by 800 or 2.8 percent from one year ago.
- Educational and Health Services decreased by 3,100 jobs, after a loss of 6,400 jobs the prior month. With employment at 111,800, jobs are up by 1,800 or 1.6 percent from a year ago.
- Other Services gained 400 jobs, after a gain of 200 the prior month. With employment at 68,700, jobs are down by 400 or -0.6 percent from a year ago.
- Construction gained 100 jobs, after a drop of 100 jobs in May. With employment at 13,500, jobs are down by 300 or -2.2 percent from a year ago.
- Information gained 100 jobs, after a loss of 300 jobs in May. At 16,500, employment is down by 1,100 jobs or -6.3 percent from one year ago.
- Manufacturing had no over-the-month job change, after having no job change the prior month. With employment at 900, jobs are down by 100 or -10.0 percent from one year ago.
Labor Force Overview
- The number of employed District residents decreased by 500 over the month to 340,100. The civilian labor force decreased by 500 to 371,700.
- One year ago, total employment was 327,900 and the civilian labor force was 360,700. The number of unemployed was 32,800, and the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.
NOTES: The June 2013 final and July 2013 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Monday, August 19, 2013. 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 are derived through 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 2012 annual benchmark revisions.
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.