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District of Columbia Economy Adds 4,200 Jobs in October

Friday, November 17, 2017

(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the District’s preliminary October job estimates show an increase of 4,200 jobs, for a total of 797,500 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 4,700 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 500 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 seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in October – up 0.1 percentage point from the reported September rate. “We are encouraged by the District jobs increase and the strides made to reduce the unemployment rate, but we know there is more work to be done to ensure all residents have access to the employability tools necessary to succeed on their pathway to the middle class,” said DOES Director Odie Donald II.

The number of employed District residents was down 1,500 from 375,800 in September 2017 to 374,300 in October 2017.

Employment Overview

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sectors increased by 200 jobs, after having no change in jobs in September. With employment at 32,900, jobs are up by 500 or 1.5 percent from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector increased by 2,100 jobs, after an increase of 6,000 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 140,500, jobs are up by 600 or 0.4 percent from a year ago.
  • Information sector decreased by 100 jobs, after a decrease of 100 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 16,600, jobs are down by 300 or -1.8 percent from one year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector decreased by 100 jobs, after a decrease of 200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 29,600, 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 2,100 jobs, after a decrease of 300 jobs in September. With employment at 170,700, jobs are up by 3,300 or 2.0 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction sector decreased by 200 jobs, after a decrease of 300 jobs in September. With employment at 14,600, jobs are down by 100 or -0.7 percent over the year.
  • Other Services sector had no change in jobs over-the-month, after having no change in jobs the prior month. With employment at 72,200, there was no change in jobs from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector increased by 700 jobs, after having an increase of 900 jobs in September. With employment at 81,800, jobs are up by 4,900 or 6.4 percent over the year.

Labor Force Overview

  • The number of employed District residents decreased by 1,500 over the month to 374,300. The civilian labor force was decreased by 1,200 to 400,800.
  • One year ago, total employment was 369,900 and the civilian labor force was 392,900.  The number of unemployed was 22,900, and the unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.

NOTES: The October 2017 final and November 2017 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data will be released on Friday, December 22, 2017. Historical jobs and labor force estimates for the District of Columbia and detailed labor market information is available at: http://does.dc.gov/page/labor-statistics

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.