Friday, May 16, 2014
District’s Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 7.5 Percent
Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 5,700 jobs, for a total of 750,500 jobs in the District. The private sector gained 6,100 jobs, while the public sector payrolls declined by 400 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 April was 7.5 percent, which stays unchanged from the revised March rate. The number of unemployed District residents decreased by 100 from 27,800 in March 2014 to 27,700 in April 2014.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released March estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (February-March) total non-farm employment increase of 2,600 jobs. The March revised unemployment rate is at 7.5 percent.
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities increased by 400 jobs, after having no change in jobs in March. With employment at 30,400, jobs are up by 1,700 or 5.9 percent from a year ago.
- Professional and Business Services increased by 1,100 jobs, after an increase of 500 jobs in March. With employment at 156,500, jobs are up by 900 or 0.6 percent from a year ago.
- Leisure and Hospitality gained 2,700 jobs, after a gain of 1,900 jobs in March. With employment at 70,200, jobs are up by 1,000 or 1.4 percent over the year.
- Financial Activities had no over-the-month job change, after an increase of 100 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 28,600, there was no change in jobs from one year ago.
- Educational and Health Services increased by 1,000 jobs, after an increase of 400 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 130,800, jobs are up by 5,600 or 4.5 percent from a year ago.
- Other Services increased by 400 jobs, after a drop of 500 jobs the prior month. With employment at 68,000, jobs are down by 900 or -1.3 percent from a year ago.
- Construction increased by 600 jobs, after an increase of 200 jobs in March. With employment at 13,900, jobs are up by 400 or 3.0 percent from a year ago.
- Information decreased by 100 jobs, after having no change in jobs the prior month. With employment at 16.900, there was no change in jobs from one year ago.
- Manufacturing had no over-the-month job change, after having no over-the-month change in the prior month. With employment at 800, jobs are down by 200 or -20.0 percent from one year ago.
Labor Force Overview
- The number of employed District residents decreased by 900 over the month to 341,900. The civilian labor force decreased by 1,000 to 369,600.
- One year ago, total employment was 341,200 and the civilian labor force was 372,800. The number of unemployed was 31,600, and the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent.
NOTES: The April 2014 final and May 2014 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, June 20, 2014. 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 2013 annual benchmark revisions.
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.