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District of Columbia Unemployment Rate Remains at 6.1 Percent

Friday, November 18, 2016
District Businesses report 4,100 New Jobs in October
(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in October – unchanged from the reported September rate.   
 
The District’s preliminary October job estimates show an increase of 4,100 jobs, for a total of 785,600 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 3,400 jobs while public sector payrolls increased by 700 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 368,800 in September 2016 to 369,900 in October 2016.
 
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released September estimates were revised upward to show an over-the-month (August 16- September 16) total non-farm employment increase of 8,800 jobs.  
 
Employment Overview
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sectors decreased by 100 jobs, after having a decrease of 200 jobs in September. With employment at 33,400, jobs are up by 400 or 1.2 percent from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector increased by 2,300 jobs, after an increase of 7,300 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 132,300, jobs are up by 1,900 or 1.5 percent from a year ago. 
  • Information sector decreased by 100 jobs, after having no change in jobs in September. With employment at 16,800, jobs are down by 200 or -1.2 percent from one year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector decreased by 200 jobs, after a decrease of 200 jobs the prior month. With employment at 30,700, jobs are up by 400 or 1.3 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 increased by 1,600 jobs, after an increase of 900 jobs in September. With employment at 166,300, jobs are up by 3,400 or 2.1 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction sector has no over-the-month change in jobs, after a decrease of 200 jobs in September. With employment at 14,400, jobs are down by 100 or -0.7 percent over the year.
  • Other Services sector decreased by 300 jobs, after having an increase of 100 jobs the prior month. With employment at 71,600, jobs are up by 500 or 0.7 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector increased by 200 jobs, after an increase of 900 jobs in September. With employment at 75,900, jobs are up by 2,100 or 2.8 percent over the year.
 
Labor Force Overview

  • The number of employed District residents increased by 1,100 over the month to 369,900. The civilian labor force increased by 1,100 to 394,100. 
  • One year ago, total employment was 364,300 and the civilian labor force was 390,100.  The number of unemployed was 25,800, and the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent.
 
NOTES: The October 2016 final and November 2016 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data for the District will be released on Friday, December 16, 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