(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in September – reflecting no significant change from the reported August unemployment rate.
The District’s preliminary September jobs estimate shows an increase of 7,700 jobs, for a total of 780,400 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 7,500 jobs, while the public sector payroll increased by 200 jobs. The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of District of Columbia’s employers. “A strong workforce system is critical in ensuring District residents have access to quality education and industry-focused job training that gives them a fair shot in our region’s competitive job market,” said Deputy Mayor of Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden. “The Bowser Administration is committed to ensuring in-demand District jobs are filled by qualified District residents, solidly placing them on a pathway to the middle class.”
The number of employed District residents was down 2,400 from 371,200 in August 2016 to 368,800 in September 2016.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released August estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (July 16- August 16) total, non-farm employment decrease of 11,400 jobs.
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector decreased by 200 jobs, after having an increase of 100 jobs in August. With employment at 33,500, jobs are up by 1,000 or 3.1 percent from a year ago.
- Educational and Health Services sector increased by 6,400 jobs, after a decrease of 300 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 129,100, jobs are up by 1,100 or 0.9 percent from a year ago.
- Information sector had no over-the-month job change, after having a decrease of 200 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 16,900, jobs are down by 200 or -1.2 percent from one year ago.
- Financial Activities sector decreased by 200 jobs, after an increase of 200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 30,900, jobs are up by 800 or 2.7 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 was no change in jobs from one year ago.
- Professional and Business Services sector increased by 700 jobs, after a decrease of 700 jobs in August. With employment at 164,500, jobs are up by 2,900 or 1.8 percent from a year ago.
- Construction sector decreased by 100 jobs, after having no change in jobs in August. With employment at 14,500, jobs are down by 100 or -0.7 percent over the year.
- Other Services sector increased by 100 jobs, after having an increase of 100 jobs the prior month. With employment at 71,900, jobs are up by 900 or 1.3 percent from a year ago.
- Leisure and Hospitality sector increased by 800 jobs, after an increase of 200 jobs in August. With employment at 75,600, jobs are up by 2,300 or 3.1 percent over the year.
Labor Force Overview
- The number of employed District residents decreased by 2,400 over the month to 368,800. The civilian labor force decreased by 2,000 to 392,900.
- One year ago, total employment was 363,800 and the civilian labor force was 389,700. The number of unemployed was 26,000, and the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.
NOTES: The September final and October 2016 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, November 18, 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.