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District of Columbia Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 5.9 Percent in July

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in July – unchanged from the reported June unemployment rate.   
 
The District’s preliminary July estimates show an increase of 8,800 jobs, for a total of 784,100 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 1,500 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 10,300 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 number of employed District residents was down 900 from 374,300 in June 2016 to 373,400 in July 2016.
 
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released June estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (May 16- June 16) total non-farm employment decrease of 2,200 jobs.  
 
Employment Overview
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sectors decreased by 100 jobs, after having a decrease of 300 jobs in June. With employment at 33,600, jobs are up by 1,500 or 4.7 percent from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 1,200 jobs, after a decrease of 4,800 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 122,800, jobs are up by 1,800 or 1.5 percent from a year ago. 
  • Information sector had no over-the-month job change, after an increase of 400 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 17,100, jobs are down by 200 or -1.2 percent from one year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector increased by 600 jobs, after a decrease of 100 jobs the prior month. With employment at 30,900, jobs are up by 300 or 1.0 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 100 jobs, after a decrease of 600 jobs in June. With employment at 164,600, jobs are up by 1,600 or 1.0 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction sector increased by 300 jobs, after an increase of 200 jobs in June. With employment at 14,700, jobs are down by 100 or -0.7 percent over the year.
  • Other Services sector increased by 500 jobs, after having an increase of 900 jobs the prior month. With employment at 71,700, jobs are down by 300 or -0.4 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector decreased by 1,500 jobs, after having no change in jobs in June. With employment at 74,600, jobs are up by 1,200 or 1.6 percent over the year.
Labor Force Overview
  • The number of employed District residents decreased by 900 over the month to 373,400. The civilian labor force decreased by 1,200 to 396,800.
  • One year ago, total employment was 362,300 and the civilian labor force was 388,700.  The number of unemployed was 26,400, and the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.
NOTES: The July 2016 final and August 2016 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Tuesday, September 20, 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.