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District of Columbia Economy Adds Over 10,000 Jobs in July

Friday, August 18, 2017

(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the District’s preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 10,700 jobs, for a total of 803,100 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 1,300 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 9,400 jobs. The District’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in July – this was up 0.3 percentage points from the reported June rate.

“The Bowser Administration remains committed to creating economic opportunity and pathways into the middle class for every city resident,” said DOES Director Odie Donald II. “We are focused on ensuring progress across the entire District, especially in our most disadvantaged communities.”

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 July increase in public sector jobs is mainly due to the start of the six-week-long Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program sponsored by the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services.

The number of employed District residents was down 900 from 378,500 in June 2017 to 377,600 in July 2017.

Employment Overview

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sectors decreased by 300 jobs, after having an increase of 400 jobs in June. With employment at 32,600, jobs are down by 100 or -0.3 percent from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 400 jobs, after a decrease of 1,900 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 132,600, jobs are up by 6,900 or 5.5 percent from a year ago.
  • Information sector decreased by 100 jobs, after an increase of 200 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 16,800, jobs are down by 300 or -1.8 percent from one year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector increased by 600 jobs, after an increase of 400 jobs the prior month. With employment at 30,000, jobs are down by 400 or -1.3 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 500 jobs, after an increase of 1,600 jobs in June. With employment at 170,700, jobs are up by 3,800 or 2.3 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction sector increased by 100 jobs, after an increase of 100 jobs in June. With employment at 15,000, jobs are up by 300 or 2.0 percent over the year.
  • Other Services sector increased by 200 jobs, after having an increase of 900 jobs the prior month. With employment at 72,600, jobs are down by 700 or -1.0 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector increased by 700 jobs, after having an increase of 500 jobs in June. With employment at 83,100, jobs are up by 8,100 or 10.8 percent over the year.

Labor Force Overview

  • The number of employed District residents decreased by 900 over the month to 377,600. The civilian labor force was unchanged at 403,300.
  • One year ago, total employment was 368,300 and the civilian labor force was 392,000. The number of unemployed was 23,700, and the unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

NOTES: The July 2017 final and August 2017 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data will be released on Friday, September 15, 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.