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Washington Metro Labor Force Grows to 80,800 from One Year Ago

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Correction – Title has been updated to more accurately convey data. The civilian labor force includes the total job market – those who are employed and unemployed, and is not specific to jobs.

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary June job estimates show an increase of 18,900 jobs for a total of 2,696,400 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 19,100 jobs, while the public sector declined by 200 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted June 2017 unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, which is up 0.3 percentage points from the May rate of 3.7 percent. The Washington Metropolitan Division unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in June 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 June 2017 was 2,723,600, of which 2,615,400 were employed and 108,200 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 3,019,800, of which 2,912,800 were employed and 107,000 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 3,424,700, of which 3,291,900 were employed and 132,800 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.9 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.3 percentage points each, while the Suburban Ring increased by 0.1 percentage point.

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

The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 80,800, while the number of employed increased by 81,300, and the number of unemployed decreased by 500. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 88,500, while the number of employed increased by 90,600, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,200. Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 98,700, while the number of employed increased by 100,000 and the number of unemployed decreased by 1,300. 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 18,900 jobs. The private sector increased by 19,100 jobs, while the public sector decreased by 200 jobs over-the-month. Seven private sectors, along with the federal and local government had over-the-month job gains. Job gains were registered in leisure and hospitality which gained (7,000 jobs); manufacturing gained (700 jobs); professional and business services gained (3,100 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities gained (3,100 jobs); mining, logging and construction gained (1,600 jobs); other services gained (3,900 jobs); and financial activities gained (1,600 jobs) Two private sectors along with the state government had over-the-month job losses. Job losses was registered in information which lost (300 jobs); and educational and health services lost (1,600 jobs) . Government overall lost (200 jobs) over the month. State government lost (4,100 jobs), while the federal government increased by (600 jobs), and the local government increased by (3,300 jobs).

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 47,600 jobs. The private sector added 45,800 jobs, while the public sector gained 1,800 jobs. Educational and health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 15,100 jobs. Six other private sector industries along with the local government posted year-over job gains: Professional and business services gained (12,400 jobs); other services gained (2,300 jobs); leisure and hospitality gained (13,000 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities gained (7,200 jobs); financial activities gained (400 jobs); and manufacturing gained (200 jobs); Information recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 4,100 jobs. One other private sector along with the federal and state government had year-over losses: Mining, logging and construction lost (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.