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Washington Metro’s Unemployment at 3.4 Percent in June

Thursday, August 1, 2019

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary June job estimates show an increase of 20,500 jobs for a total of 2,755,500 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 24,100 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 3,600 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted June 2019 unemployment rate was 3.4 percent, which is up 0.3 percentage points from the May rate of 3.1 percentThe Washington Metropolitan Division’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in June 2018.

Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for June 2019 was 2,776,800, of which 2,683,500 were employed and 93,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 3.4 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 3,061,600, of which 2,969,000 were employed and 92,700 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.0 percent. In the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland Metropolitan Division, the civilian labor force was 3,477,700, of which 3,360,700 were employed and 117,100 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.4 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.3 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring increased by 0.2 percentage points from the previous month’s rate.

Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data

The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 43,100, while the number of employed increased by 48,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 5,700.  The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 45,200, while the number of employed increased by 52,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,200. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 52,400, while the number of employed increased by 59,800 and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,400. For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area declined by 0.2 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring declined by 0.3 percentage points from a year ago.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 20,500 jobs. The private sector increased by 24,100 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 3,600 jobs over-the-month. Eight private sectors had over-the-month job gains. Job gains were registered in: manufacturing services increased by (600 jobs) mining, logging and construction services increased by (2,100 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities increased by (2,000 jobs); information services increased by (600 jobs); financial activities increased by (1,900 jobs); professional and business services increased by (9,200 jobs); leisure and hospitality increased by (5,400 jobs) and other services increased by (2,700 jobs).    A job loss was registered in educational and health services; it decreased by (400 jobs). Government overall decreased by (3,600 jobs) over the month. The federal government increased by (2,200 jobs); state government decreased by (8,200 jobs) and the local government increased by (2,400 jobs).

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 26,200 jobs. The private sector increased by 24,000 jobs, while the public sector increased by 2,200 jobs. The private sector gains over the year were: mining, logging and construction services gained (1,700 jobs); professional and business services gained (8,300 jobs); educational and health services gained (7,300 jobs); leisure and hospitality services gained (11,200 jobs) and other services gained (1,100 jobs).  Manufacturing remained the same as the previous year.  The private sector losses were: trade, transportation and utilities services loss (2,600 jobs); information services loss (1,600 jobs) and financial activities services loss (1,400 jobs). The Federal government loss (300 jobs), while the State government gained (1,400 jobs) and the local government gained (1,100 jobs).

Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area Explanations

Estimated Labor Force and Employment for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division includes: The District of Columbia, Virginia Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park and the Virginia Counties of Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren, Rappahannock and Culpeper; the Maryland Counties of Calvert, Charles, and Prince Georges; and the West Virginia County of Jefferson.

The estimates for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area will be the summation of the estimates for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (contained in this release) and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (to be released by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation).

Data reflects the 2018 annual benchmark revisions.

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