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District of Columbia Economy Adds More Than 8,000 Jobs in July

Friday, August 17, 2018

(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in July – this was unchanged from the reported June rate.

The District’s preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 8,700 jobs, for a total of 802,600 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 400 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 8,300 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 of Columbia has been solid over-the-year economic growth. More of our residents are receiving a fair shot at prosperity, and are employed,” said DOES Interim Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. “And yet, there is still more work to be done to ensure quality training, education and career development services are attainable by all District residents.”

The number of employed District residents was up 700 from 385,400 in June 2018 to 386,100 in July 2018. The civilian labor force for the District was up 700 from 408,300 in June to 409,000 in July. The labor force participation rate was up 0.1 percentage point from 70.9 percent in June to 71.0 percent in July.

Employment Overview

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector did not have an over-the- month change, with employment at 34,300. Jobs are up by 900 or 2.69 percent from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 2000 jobs, after a decrease of 4,600 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 127,600 jobs, this shows an increase of 2,900 or 2.33 percent from a year ago.
  • Information sector did not have an over-the- month change. With employment at 18,800, jobs are up by 700 or 3.87 percent from one year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector increased by 200 jobs, after having an increase of 300 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 31,400, jobs are up by 800 or 2.61 percent from one year ago.
  • Manufacturing sector did not have an over-the- month change. With employment sector totals at 1,400, jobs are up by 100 or 7.69 percent from a year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services sector increased by 1,500 jobs, after an increase of 100 jobs in prior month. With employment at 169,300, jobs increased by 1000 or .59 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction sector increased by 400 jobs, after an increase of 300 jobs in prior month. With employment at 16,500, jobs are up by 600 or 3.77 percent over the year.
  • Other Services sector increased by 200 jobs, after an increase of 1,600 jobs the prior month. With employment at 77,100, jobs are up by 1,700 or 2.25 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector increased by 100 jobs, after having a decrease of 500 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 79,800, jobs are up by 3,400 or 4.45 percent over the year.

Labor Force Overview

  • The number of employed District residents increased by 700 over the month to 386,100. The civilian labor force increased by 700 to 409,000.
  • One year ago, total employment was 376,500 and the civilian labor force was 401,400. The number of unemployed was 24,900, and the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.

NOTES: The July 2018 final and August 2018 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data will be released on Friday, September 21, 2018. 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 2017 annual benchmark revisions.
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.