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Washington Metro’s Unemployment Rate Improves to 3.8 Percent in September

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary September job estimates show a decrease of 6,900 jobs for a total of 2,679,200 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 23,800 jobs, while the public sector gained 16,900 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted September 2017 unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, which is down 0.1 percentage point from the August rate of 3.9 percent. The Washington Metropolitan Division unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September 2016, which is down 0.3 percentage points from the current unemployment rate of 3.8 percent.

Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for September 2017 was 2,699,400, of which 2,597,400 were employed and 102,000 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 3.8 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 3,003,800, of which 2,909,500 were employed and 94,200 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.1 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 3,402,900, of which 3,280,600 were employed and 122,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.6 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Statistical Area declined by 0.1 percentage point each and the unemployment rate for the Suburban Ring declined by 0.3 percentage points.

Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 65,400, while the number of employed increased by 70,100, and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,000. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 77,900, while the number of employed increased by 89,700, and the number of unemployed decreased by 11,900. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 86,100, while the number of employed increased by 94,000 and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,900. For the year, the unemployment rate for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area declined by 0.3 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 6,900 jobs. The private sector decreased by 23,800 jobs, while the public sector increased by 16,900 jobs over-the-month. There was no private sector job gains over-the-month. The state and local government had over-the-month job gains. Eight private sectors along with the federal government had over-the-month job losses. Job losses was registered in mining, logging and construction which lost (1,400 jobs); other services lost (1,300 jobs); financial activities lost (200 jobs); educational and health services lost (700 jobs); leisure and hospitality lost (9,700 jobs); manufacturing lost (300 jobs); professional and business services lost (7,600 jobs); and trade, transportation, and utilities lost (2,600 jobs). Information had no change in jobs over-the-month. Government overall gained (16,900 jobs) over the month. The federal government decreased by (900 jobs).

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 33,100 jobs. The private sector added 33,000 jobs, while the public sector gained 100 jobs. Professional and business services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 13,500 jobs. Seven other private sector industries along with the local government posted year-over job gains: Educational and health services gained (3,800 jobs); other services gained (2,200 jobs); leisure and hospitality gained (7,300 jobs); and trade, transportation and utilities gained (5,900 jobs); mining, logging and construction gained (1,800 jobs); financial activities gained (900 jobs); and manufacturing gained (100 jobs). Information recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,500 jobs. There were no other private sector year-over losses. The state government lost (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 2016 annual benchmark revisions.