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Washington Metro’s Unemployment Rate at 3.7 percent

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary June  job estimates show an increase of 18,800 jobs for a total of 2,744,500 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 21, 600 jobs, while the public sector payrolls decreased by 2,800 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted June 2018 unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, which is up 0.5 percentage points from the May rate of 3.2 percentThe Washington Metropolitan Division’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June 2017, which is down 0.3 percentage points from the current unemployment rate of 3.7 percent.

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

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for June 2018 was 2,763,700, of which 2,662,600 were employed and 101,100 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 3.7 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 3,051,100, of which 2,947,700 were employed and 103,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.4 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 3,463,500, of which 3,335,600 were employed and 127,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.7 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area was up 0.5 percentage points and the Suburban Ring was up 0.4 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 42,800, while the number of employed increased by 50,100, and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,300. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 39,400, while the number of employed increased by 43,000, and the number of unemployed decreased by 3,700. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 47,500, while the number of employed increased by 53,100 and the number of unemployed decreased by 5,700. For the year, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division declined by 0.3 percentage points, while the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring declined by 0.2 percentage points each from a year ago.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 18,800 jobs. The private sector increased by 21,600 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 2,800 jobs over-the-month. Eight private sectors, along with the federal government had over-the-month job gains. Job gains were registered in: professional and business services increased by (7,300 jobs); leisure and hospitality increased by (6, 600 jobs); mining logging & construction increased by (3,800 jobs); financial activities increased by (2,300 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities increased by (1,500 jobs); other services increased by (1,400 jobs); manufacturing increased by (500 jobs) and information increased  by (500 jobs). Job decreases were registered in, education and health services which decreased by (2,300 jobs). Government overall decreased by (2,800 jobs) over the month. The federal government gained (1,400 jobs), while state government decreased by (6,800 jobs), and the local government increased by (2,600 jobs).

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 45,000 jobs. The private sector increased by 47,700 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 2,700 jobs. The private sector gains over the year were: professional and business services gained (13,500 jobs); educational and health services gained (14,900 jobs); leisure and hospitality services gained (5,400 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities gained (4,200 jobs); financial activities gained (3,200 jobs); other services gained (3,000 jobs); information gained (1,300 jobs); manufacturing gained (800 jobs) and mining, logging and construction, gained (1,400 jobs). The Federal government shows a decrease of (5,100 jobs); while State government gained (1,800 jobs) and the local government gained (600 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 2017 annual benchmark revisions.

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