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Washington Metro Region Adds 24,000 Jobs in October

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary October job estimates show an increase of 24,000 jobs for a total of 2,767,000 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 20,300 jobs, while the public sector increased by 3,700 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted October 2019 unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, which is down 0.1 percentage point from the September rate of 2.9 percent.  The Washington Metropolitan Division’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in October 2018, which is down 0.3 percentage points from the current unemployment rate of 2.8 percent

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

The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for October 2019 was 2,787,300, of which 2,708,000 were employed and 79,300 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate was 2.8 percent.  The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 3,082,600, of which 3,005,900 were employed and 76,700 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 2.5 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 3,491,000, of which 3,392,400 were employed and 98,500 were unemployed.  The unemployment rate for this area was 2.8 percent.  For the month, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.1 percentage points each.

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

The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 80,500, while the number of employed increased by 84,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 4,500.  The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring increased over the year by 91,700, while the number of employed increased by 98,500, and the number of unemployed decreased by 6,700.  Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 97,700, while the number of employed increased by 103,900 and the number of unemployed decreased by 6,200.  For the year, the unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring declined by 0.3 percentage points each.

Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth

Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 24,000 jobs. The private sector increased by 20,300 jobs, while the public sector increased by 3,700 jobs over-the-month. Job gains were registered in: manufacturing which  increased by (800 jobs); trade, transportation & utilities increased by (2,500 jobs); information  increased by (1,700 jobs); financial activities increased by (1,200 jobs); professional and business services increased by (9,800 jobs); educational and health services increased by (3,900 jobs) and other services increased by (1,100 jobs).  Job losses were registered in: mining, logging and construction which decreased by (300 jobs) and leisure and hospitality decreased by (400 jobs). Government overall increased by (3,700 jobs) over the month. The federal government increased by (600 jobs); state government decreased by (300 jobs) and the local government increased by (3,400 jobs).

During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 50,700 jobs. The private sector increased by 48,600 jobs, while the public sector increased by 2,100 jobs. The private sector gains over the year were: manufacturing gained (300 jobs); mining, logging and construction gained (3,800 jobs); information gained (500 jobs); financial activities gained (1,400 jobs);  professional and business services gained (18,400 jobs); educational and health services gained (9,000 jobs); leisure and hospitality services gained (17,100 jobs) and other services gained (1,000 jobs).  The private sector loss was: trade, transportation and utilities which loss (2,900 jobs).  The Federal government gained (100 jobs), while the State government gained (500 jobs) and the local government gained (1,500 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 2018 annual benchmark revisions.