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Washington Metro’s Unemployment Rate at 4.9 percent

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary May job estimates show an increase of 9,100 jobs for a total of 2,617,900 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 8,500 jobs, while the public sector increased by 600 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted May 2021 unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, which was unchanged from the revised April 2021 rate of 4.9 percent.  The Washington Metropolitan Division’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in May 2020, which was 3.8 percentage points higher than the current unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.
 
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
 
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for May 2021 was 2,668,9200, of which 2,538,400 were employed and 130,500 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,937,800, of which 2,795,900 were employed and 141,900 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 4.8 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 3,340,800, of which 3,173,300 were employed and 167,500 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 5.0 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring were unchanged 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 decreased over the year by 4,800, while the number of employed increased by 96,700, and the number of unemployed decreased by 101,500.  The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring decreased over the year by 13,200, while the number of employed increased by 99,300, and the number of unemployed decreased by 112,600.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force decreased by 6,700, while the number of employed increased by 115,900 and the number of unemployed decreased by 122,700.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Suburban Ring declined by 3.8 percentage points, while the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 3.7 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 9,100 jobs. The private sector increased by 8,500 jobs, while the public sector increased by 600 jobs over-the-month. Three private sectors had over-the-month job loss. Job decreases were registered in information services (-200 jobs); financial activities (-800 jobs) and educational and health services (-600 jobs).  Job increases were registered in manufacturing (200 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (500 jobs). trade transportation & utilities (400 jobs); professional and business services (3,400 jobs); leisure and hospitality services (4,700 jobs) and other services (900 jobs).  Government overall increased by 600 jobs over the month. The federal government decreased 200 jobs, state government decreased by 100 jobs and the local government increased by 900 jobs.
 
During the past 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 165,500 jobs. The private sector increased by 156,800 jobs, while the public sector increased by 8,700 jobs. The private sector loss was registered in financial activities (-2,400 jobs). Job increases were registered in manufacturing (3,200 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (3,800 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (31,700 jobs); information (400 jobs); professional and business services (14,400 jobs); educational and health services (32,200 jobs); leisure and hospitality services (66,400 jobs) and other services (7,100 jobs). The private sector increased by 8,700 jobs.  Federal government shows an increase of 5,300 jobs, while State government decreased 500 jobs and the local government increased 3,900 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 2020 annual benchmark revisions.