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District of Columbia Unemployment Rate at 6.0 Percent in August

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in August – up 0.1 percentage point from the reported July unemployment rate.   

The District’s preliminary August job estimates show a decrease of 11,700 jobs, for a total of 772,400 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 900 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 10,800 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 number of employed District residents was down 2,300 from 373,500 in July 2016 to 371,200 in August 2016.  “The summer jobs season ending and youth returning to school have slightly impacted the District’s employment numbers,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.  “But our economy is healthy, and my administration remains committed to ensuring District residents have the tools and skills needed to land good paying jobs, and succeed on a pathway to the middle class.”

Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released July estimates were revised to show an over-the-month (June 16- July 16) total non-farm employment increase of 8,800 jobs. 

Employment Overview

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector had no over-the-month job change, after having a decrease of 100 jobs in July. With employment at 33,600, jobs are up by 1,600 or 5.0 percent from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 700 jobs, after a decrease of 1,000 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 122,300, jobs are up by 2,400 or 2.0 percent from a year ago.
  • Information sector decreased by 100 jobs, after having no change in jobs in the prior month. With employment at 17,000, jobs are down by 200 or -1.2 percent from one year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector increased by 400 jobs, after an increase of 600 jobs the prior month. With employment at 31,300, jobs are up by 900 or 3.0 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, jobs were up by 100 or 9.1 percent from one year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services sector decreased by 900 jobs, after a decrease of 200 jobs in July. With employment at 163,600, jobs are up by 1,000 or 0.6 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction sector had no over-the-month job change, after an increase of 200 jobs in July. With employment at 14,600, jobs are down by 400 or -2.7 percent over the year.
  • Other Services sector increased by 300 jobs, after having an increase of 500 jobs the prior month. With employment at 72,000, jobs are up by 900 or 1.3 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector increased by 100 jobs, after a decrease of 1,500 jobs in July. With employment at 74,700, jobs are up by 1,000 or 1.4 percent over the year.

Labor Force Overview

  • The number of employed District residents decreased by 2,300 over the month to 371,200. The civilian labor force decreased by 1,900 to 394,900.
  • One year ago, total employment was 363,100 and the civilian labor force was 389,300.  The number of unemployed was 26,100, and the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

NOTES: The August 2016 final and September 2016 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, October 21, 2016. 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 2015 annual benchmark revisions.

Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.