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Washington Metro Economy Adds 13,300 Jobs in July

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 13,300 jobs for a total of 2,714,200 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 11,200 jobs, while the public sector gained 2,100 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted July 2017 unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, which is unchanged from the June rate of 4.0 percent. The Washington Metropolitan Division unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in July 2016, which is down 0.1 percentage point from the current unemployment rate of 4.0 percent.

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

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for July 2017 was 2,746,000, of which 2,636,100 were employed and 109,900 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 4.0 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 3,049,600, of which 2,943,300 were employed and 106,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.5 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 3,455,700, of which 3,321,300 were employed and 134,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.9 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring was unchanged from the previous month.

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

The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 82,100, while the number of employed increased by 81,600, and the number of unemployed increased by 500. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 93,900, while the number of employed increased by 96,600, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,700. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 102,600, while the number of employed increased by 102,400 and the number of unemployed increased by 200. For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area declined by 0.1 percentage point each, while the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.2 percentage points.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 13,300 jobs. The private sector increased by 11,200 jobs, while the public sector increased by 2,100 jobs over-the-month. Six private sectors, along with the state government had over-the-month job gains. Job gains were registered in leisure and hospitality which gained (800 jobs); professional and business services gained (4,200 jobs); mining, logging and construction gained (2,700 jobs); other services gained (1,400 jobs); financial activities gained (1,200 jobs) and educational and health services gained (1,700 jobs). One private sector along with the federal and local government had over-the-month job losses. Job losses was registered in trade, transportation, and utilities which lost (800 jobs). Manufacturing and Information sectors had no over-the-month job changes. Government overall gained (2,100 jobs) over the month. State government gained (21,200 jobs), while the federal government decreased by (200 jobs), and the local government decreased by (18,900 jobs).

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 69,600 jobs. The private sector added 55,600 jobs, while the public sector gained 14,000 jobs. Educational and health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 18,800 jobs. Five other private sector industries along with the state and local government posted year-over job gains: Professional and business services gained (14,900 jobs); other services gained (1,800 jobs); leisure and hospitality gained (13,900 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities gained (7,200 jobs); and mining, logging and construction gained (2,300 jobs); Information recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 3,100 jobs. One other private sector along with the federal government had year-over losses: Financial activities lost (200 jobs). Manufacturing had no over-the-month job change; meanwhile, the state government gained (10,700 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.