Monday, August 19, 2013
District’s Unemployment Rate at 8.6 Percent
Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 10,300 jobs, for a total of 741,700 jobs in the District. The private sector had no over-the-month job change, while the public sector payrolls increased by 10,300 jobs. The July increase in public sector jobs is mainly due to the start of a six-week-long Summer Youth Employment Program sponsored by the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services. 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 July was 8.6 percent, which is 0.1 percentage point higher than the revised June rate of 8.5 percent. The number of unemployed District residents increased by 100 from 31,700 in June 2013 to 31,800 in July 2013.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released June estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (May-June) total non-farm employment increase of 1,100 jobs. The June revised unemployment rate stays at 8.5 percent.
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities decreased by 100 jobs, after a gain of 100 jobs in June. With employment at 27,100, jobs are down by 700 or -2.5 percent from a year ago.
- Professional and Business Services gained 800 jobs, after a gain of 1,400 jobs in June. With employment at 158,200, jobs are up by 4,100 or 2.7 percent from a year ago.
- Leisure and Hospitality decreased by 1,600 jobs, after a gain of 1,000 jobs in June. With employment at 68,100, jobs are up by 1,300 or 1.9 percent over the year.
- Financial Activities had no over-the-month job change, after a gain of 400 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 29,000, jobs are up by 1,000 or 3.6 percent from one year ago.
- Educational and Health Services had no over-the-month job change, after a loss of 3,200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 111,700, jobs are up by 3,800 or 3.5 percent from a year ago.
- Other Services gained 700 jobs, after a gain of 200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 69,200, jobs are up by 500 or 0.7 percent from a year ago.
- Construction gained 200 jobs, after a gain of 100 jobs in June. With employment at 13,700, jobs are down by 400 or -2.8 percent from a year ago.
- Information had no over-the-month job change, after a gain of 300 jobs in June. At 16,700, employment is down by 500 jobs or -2.9 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 2,600 over the month to 337,500. The civilian labor force decreased by 2,400 to 369,300.
- One year ago, total employment was 329,500 and the civilian labor force was 362,200. The number of unemployed was 32,700, and the unemployment rate was 9.0 percent.
NOTES: The July 2013 final and August 2013 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, September 20, 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.