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Washington Metro’s Unemployment Rate at 3.3 percent

Thursday, August 29, 2019

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 7,200 jobs for a total of 2,761,600 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 9,600 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 2,400 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted July 2019 unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, which is down 0.1 percentage point from the June rate of 3.4 percentThe Washington Metropolitan Division’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in July 2018, which is down 0.2 percentage points from the current unemployment rate of 3.3 percent

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

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for July 2019 was 2,802,800, of which 2,709,500 were employed and 93,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 3.3 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 3,094,000, of which 3,001,800 were employed and 92,200 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 3,512,900, of which 3,395,800 were employed and 117,100 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.3 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.1 percentage point each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring was unchanged.

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

The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 53,400, while the number of employed increased by 55,800, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,400.  The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 58,500, while the number of employed increased by 61,300, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,700. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 66,300, while the number of employed increased by 68,800 and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,400. 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 0.1 percentage point from a year ago.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 7,200 jobs. The private sector increased by 9,600 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 2,400 jobs over-the-month. Six private sectors had over-the-month job gains. Job gains were registered in: mining, logging and construction services increased by (2,800 jobs); information services increased by (700 jobs); professional and business services increased by (5,900 jobs); educational and health services increased by (600 jobs); leisure and hospitality increased by (800 jobs) and other services increased by (600 jobs). Manufacturing remained the same.  Job losses were registered in: trade, transportation and utilities decreased by (1,500 jobs) and financial activities decreased by (300 jobs). Government overall decreased by (2,400 jobs) over the month. The federal government increased by (700 jobs); state government increased by (16,800 jobs) and the local government decreased by (19,900 jobs).

 

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 43,300 jobs. The private sector increased by 31,300 jobs, while the public sector increased by 12,000 jobs. The private sector gains over the year were: mining, logging and construction services gained (1,900 jobs); professional and business services gained (10,500 jobs); educational and health services gained (8,500 jobs); leisure and hospitality services gained (14,300 jobs) and other services gained (1,700 jobs).  The private sector losses were: manufacturing loss (200 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities services loss (2,900 jobs); information services loss (700 jobs) and financial activities services loss (1,800 jobs). The Federal government remained the same, while the State government gained (10,900 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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