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District of Columbia Economy Adds 1,500 Jobs in June

Friday, July 21, 2017
DC residents re-enter job market as confidence in the District economy grows

(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the District’s June preliminary job estimates show an increase of 1,500 jobs, for a total of 791,000 non-farm jobs. The seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in June – reflecting no significant change from the reported May rate. 
 
The private sector increased by 800 jobs while public sector payrolls increased by 700 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 Bowser Administration is working every day to ensure that all Washingtonians have a fair shot in our region’s competitive job market by providing quality education and industry-focused job training to fill in-demand jobs,” said DOES Director Odie Donald II. “DC residents are returning to the District job market because they are confident they can find a good paying job that will solidly place them on a pathway to the middle class.”

The number of employed District residents was up 900 from 377,500 in May 2017 to 378,400 in June 2017.

 Employment Overview

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sectors increased by 400 jobs, after having an increase of 100 jobs in May. With employment at 32,900, there was no change in jobs from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 3,800 jobs, after a decrease of 4,100 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 131,100, jobs are up by 5,900 or 4.7 percent from a year ago. 
  • Information sector increased by 100 jobs, after a decrease of 100 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 16,800, jobs are down by 200 or -1.2 percent from one year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector increased by 400 jobs, after an increase of 200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 29,400, jobs are down by 600 or -2.0 percent from one year ago. 
  • Manufacturing sector had no over-the-month change in jobs, after having no change in jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 1,200, there were no change in jobs from one year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services sector increased by 2,500 jobs, after an increase of 1,200 jobs in May. With employment at 171,100, jobs are up by 5,500 or 3.3 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction sector increased by 200 jobs, after an increase of 200 jobs in May. With employment at 15,000, jobs are down by 900 or -5.7 percent over the year.
  • Other Services sector increased by 1,000 jobs, after having an increase of 200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 72,500, jobs are up by 200 or 0.3 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector had no over-the-month job change, after having an increase of 1,600 jobs in May. With employment at 81,900, jobs are up by 6,600 or 8.8 percent over the year.

Labor Force Overview


  • The number of employed District residents increased by 900 over the month to 378,400. The civilian labor force increased by 1,400 to 403,200. 
  • One year ago, total employment was 368,300 and the civilian labor force was 392,200.  The number of unemployed was 23,800, and the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

NOTES: The June 2017 final and July 2017 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data will be released on Friday, August 18, 2017. 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 2016 annual benchmark revisions.
 
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.