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Washington Metro’s Unemployment Rate at 4.1 Percent

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary August job estimates show a decrease of 14,800 jobs for a total of 2,648,300 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 2,100 jobs, while the public sector declined by 12,700 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted August 2016 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, which is up 0.1 percentage point from the July rate of 4.0 percent. The Washington Metropolitan Division unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in August 2015, but has since decreased by 0.4 percentage points to the current 4.1 percent.

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

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for August 2016 was 2,616,500, of which 2,509,500 were employed and 107,000 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,908,900, of which 2,803,500 were employed and 105,300 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 3.6 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 3,299,000, of which 3,168,200 were employed and 130,800 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 4.0 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.1 percentage points 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 11,800, while the number of employed increased by 22,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 10,600. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 14,400, while the number of employed increased by 26,200, and the number of unemployed decreased by 12,500.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 14,600, while the number of employed increased by 28,500 and the number of unemployed decreased by 14,000.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.4 percentage points each, while the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.5 percentage points.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 14,800 jobs. The private sector decreased by 2,100 jobs, and the public sector decreased by 12,700 jobs over the month.  Four private sectors had over-the-month job gains. Job gains were registered in manufacturing which gained (100 jobs); financial activities gained (300 jobs); other services gained (400 jobs); and professional and business services gained (1,400 jobs);.  Four private sectors along with the federal, state and local government had over-the-month job losses. Job losses were registered in educational and health services which lost (1,900 jobs); leisure and hospitality lost (1,200 jobs); information lost (600 jobs); and  mining, logging and construction lost (600 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities had no over-the-month job change. Government overall  lost (12,700 jobs) over-the-month. State government lost (9,400 jobs), while the federal government decreased  by (700 jobs), and the local government decreased by (2,600 jobs).

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 65,500 jobs. The private sector added 57,400 jobs, while the public sector gained 8,100 jobs. Professional and business services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 21,700 jobs. Seven other private sector industries along with the federal, state and local government posted year-over job gains: Educational and health services gained (11,000 jobs); mining, logging and construction gained (3,500 jobs); other services gained (2,700 jobs); leisure and hospitality gained (7,100 jobs); financial activities gained (600 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities gained (11,700 jobs); and manufacturing gained (500 jobs). Information recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 1,400 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 2015 annual benchmark revisions.