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District of Columbia Unemployment Rate at 6.0 Percent in November

Friday, December 17, 2021

Washington, DC – Today, the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services reported that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in November 2021.  This was a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from the revised October 2021 rate of 6.3 percent.

The District’s preliminary November job estimates show a decrease of 100 jobs, for a total of 762,600 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 100 jobs.  The public sector decreased by 200 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 increased by 1,700, from 386,400 in October 2021 to 388,100 in November 2021. The civilian labor force for the District increased by 800 from 412,300 in October 2021 to 413,100 in November 2021. The labor force participation rate increased by 0.1 percentage point from 70.4 percent in October 2021 to 70.5 percent in November 2021.

Employment Overview

  • Manufacturing sector remained the same, after remaining the same the prior month.  With employment at 1,000 jobs, jobs remained the same from a year ago.
  • Mining, Logging and Construction sector decreased by 100 jobs, after increasing by 200 jobs the prior month.  With employment at 16,100 jobs, jobs increased by 600 or 3.87 percent from a year ago.
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector increased by 800 jobs, after increasing by 700 jobs in the prior month.  With employment at 30,100 jobs, jobs increased by 500 or 1.69 percent from a year ago.
  • Information sector increased by 100 jobs, after increasing by 200 jobs in the prior month.   With employment at 18,700 jobs, jobs decreased by 800 or 4.1 percent from a year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector decreased by 700 jobs, after a decrease of 100 jobs in the prior month.  With employment at 27,300 jobs, jobs decreased by 600 jobs or 2.15 percent from a year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services sector remained the same, after an increase of 6,400 jobs in the prior month.  With employment at 172,000 jobs, jobs increased by 7,100 or 4.31 percent from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 1,100 jobs, after an increase of 2,800 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 127,000 jobs, jobs increased by 1,800 or 1.44 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector increased by 1,200 jobs, after an increase of 1,700 jobs in the prior month.  With employment at 58,800 jobs, jobs increased by 18,400 or 45.54 percent from a year ago.
  • Other Services sector decreased by 100 jobs, after remaining the same the prior month.  With employment at 70,600 jobs, jobs decreased by 1,300 or 1.81 percent from a year ago.

Labor Force Overview

  • The number of employed District residents increased by 1,700 over the month to 388,100. The civilian labor force increased by 800 to 413,100.
  • One year ago, total employment was 373,600 and the civilian labor force was 409,600.

The number of unemployed was 36,000, and the unemployment rate was 8.8 percent.

NOTES: The November 2021 final and December 2021 preliminary unemployment rates, will be released on Tuesday January 25, 2022. Historica1 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 determined 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 2020 annual benchmark revisions. Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.