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District of Columbia Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 5.6 Percent in June

Friday, July 20, 2018

(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in June – this was unchanged from the reported May rate.
 
The District’s preliminary June job estimates show a decrease of 1,500 jobs, for a total of 793,600 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 2,700 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 1,200 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 Bowser Administration remains dedicated to connecting residents to meaningful employment, giving them a fair shot at career stability and economic prosperity,” said DOES Interim Director Dr. Unique-Morris Hughes . “I am committed to ensuring that all District residents have access to quality occupational training and workforce development services, especially those who face multiple barriers to employment.
 
The number of employed District residents was up 1,100 from 384,300 in May 2018 to 385,400 in June 2018. The civilian labor force for the District was up 1,200 from 407,100 in May to 408,300 in June. The labor force participation rate was up 0.1 percentage point from 70.8 percent in May to 70.9 percent in June.
 
Employment Overview
 

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector shows an increase of 200 jobs, after having a decrease of 200 jobs in May. With employment at 34,400, jobs are up by 900 or 2.69 percent from a year ago.
  • Educational and Health Services sector decreased by 4,100 jobs, after a decrease of 900 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 130,100, jobs which shows an increase of 3,600 or 2.85 percent from a year ago.
  • Information sector increased by 200 jobs, after jobs increased by 200 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 18,800, jobs are up by 800 or 4.44 percent from one year ago.
  • Financial Activities sector increased by 300 jobs, after having an increase of 100 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 31,200, jobs are up by 700 or 2.30 percent from one year ago.
  • Manufacturing sector did not have an over-the- month change, after having an increase of 100 jobs in the prior month. With employment sector totals at 1,400, jobs are up by 100 or 7.69 percent from a year ago.
  • Professional and Business Services sector increased by 100 jobs, after an increase of 1,500 jobs in prior month. With employment at 167,800, jobs decreased by 300 or -0.18 percent from a year ago.
  • Construction sector increased by 300 jobs, after an increase of 100 jobs in prior month. With employment at 16,100, jobs are up by 300 or 1.90 percent over the year.
  • Other Services sector increased by 1,500 jobs, after having no over-the-month change in May from prior month. With employment at 76,800, jobs are up by 1,800 or 2.40 percent from a year ago.
  • Leisure and Hospitality sector decreased by 1,200 jobs, after having an increase of 100 jobs in the prior month. With employment at 79,000, jobs are up by 1,800 or 2.33 percent over the year.

 
Labor Force Overview
 

  • The number of employed District residents increased by 1,100 over the month to 385,400. The civilian labor force increased by 1,200 to 408,300.
  • One year ago, total employment was 376,400 and the civilian labor force was 401,400. The number of unemployed was 25,000, and the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.

 
NOTES: The June 2018 final and July 2018 preliminary unemployment rate and survey of jobs data will be released on Friday, August 17, 2018. Historical jobs and labor force estimates for the District of Columbia and detailed labor market information are 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 2017 annual benchmark revisions. 
Industry employment data is not seasonally adjusted.