Friday, July 22, 2016
Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in June – down 0.1 percentage point from the reported May unemployment rate.
The District’s preliminary June job estimates show a decrease of 1,700 jobs, for a total of 775,800 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 4,000 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 2,300 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 up 1,100 from 373,300 in May 2016 to 374,400 in June 2016. “The District economy continues to improve, but we know that our job is not done until every District resident has a fair shot and the employability tools necessary to succeed on a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released May estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (April 16- May 16) total non-farm employment decrease of 1,800 jobs.
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sectors decreased by 400 jobs, after having an increase of 600 jobs in May. With employment at 33,600, jobs are up by 1,700 or 5.3 percent from a year ago.
- Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 4,400 jobs, after a decrease of 4,200 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 124,400, jobs are up by 2,900 or 2.4 percent from a year ago.
- Information sector increased by 400 jobs, after a decrease of 200 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 decreased by 100 jobs, after a decrease of 200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 30,300, there was no change in jobs 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 500 jobs, after an increase of 2,100 jobs in May. With employment at 164,800, jobs are up by 1,200 or 0.7 percent from a year ago.
- Construction sector increased by 300 jobs, after a decrease of 100 jobs in May. With employment at 14,500, jobs are down by 100 or -0.7 percent over the year.
- Other Services sector increased by 800 jobs, after having a decrease of 200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 71,100, jobs are down by 1,000 or -1.4 percent from a year ago.
- Leisure and Hospitality sector decreased by 100 jobs, after a decrease of 300 jobs in May. With employment at 76,000, jobs are up by 1,300 or 1.7 percent over the year.
Labor Force Overview
- The number of employed District residents increased by 1,100 over the month to 374,400. The civilian labor force increased by 600 to 398,000.
- One year ago, total employment was 361,400 and the civilian labor force was 388,100. The number of unemployed was 26,700, and the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent.
NOTES: The June 2016 final and July 2016 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, August 19, 2016. Historical 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 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.