(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary January job estimates show a decrease of 47,400 jobs for a total of 2,419,200 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The public sector decreased by 11,700 jobs, accompanied by a decrease of 35,700 private sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted January 2012 unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, which is up 0.3 percent from the December rate of 5.5 percent.
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for January 2012 was 2,524,000, of which 2,378,700 were employed and 145,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.8 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,828,500, of which 2,684,400 were employed and 144,100 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.1 percent. In the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the Metropolitan Division and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland Metropolitan Division, the civilian labor force was 3,173,400, of which 2,994,000 were employed and 179,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.7 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Suburban Ring each increased by 0.3 percent.
Over-the-Year Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
The Washington Metropolitan Division’s civilian labor force increased over the year by 27,300, while the number of employed increased by 38,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 11,600. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring over the year increased by 23,300, while the number of employed increased by 37,400, and the number of unemployed decreased by 14,100. Meanwhile the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 24,100, while the number of employed increased by 38,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 14,800. For the year, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division, the Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Suburban Ring each decreased by 0.5 percent.
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division decreased over the month by 47,400 jobs. The private sector decreased by 35,700 jobs, and the public sector declined by 11,700 jobs. All private sectors along with federal, state, and local government had over-month-job losses except manufacturing, which gained 500 jobs. Job losses were registered in financial activities, which lost 200 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities lost 14,500 jobs; professional and business services declined by 9,100 jobs; leisure and hospitality lost 5,900 jobs; mining, logging, and construction had a decline of 700 jobs; educational and health services lost 2,700 jobs; other services lost 1,300 jobs and information decreased by 1,800 jobs. Government decreased by 11,700 jobs or -2.0 percent. A decrease of 8,000 jobs at the state government level was accompanied by a drop of 1,400 jobs at the federal government level and local government lost 2,300 jobs.
During the last twelve months, the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 30,800 jobs. The private sector added 28,800 jobs, while the public sector gained 2,000 jobs. Leisure & hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 11,800 jobs. Five other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 3,900 jobs); professional and business services (up 1,200 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 6,600 jobs); educational and health services (up 8,500 jobs); and other services (up 600 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,500 jobs. Two other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 500 jobs); and information (down 800 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, and the Virginia Counties of Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren County, 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 2010 annual benchmark revisions.
Wage and Salary Employment by Industry and Place of Work*
Employment Status for the Civilian Population*
Announcement: Changes to the Procedures for Producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State Estimates
Production of March Preliminary Current Employment Statistics Data
The production of State and metropolitan area Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates has transitioned from State Workforce Agencies to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) with the production of preliminary estimates for March 2011. Concurrent with this transition, the BLS will implement several methodological changes to standardize the estimation approach across States. While these changes will reduce the potential for statistical bias in state and metropolitan area estimates, they may increase the month-to-month variability of the estimates. More detailed information on the changes to procedures for producing CES estimates is available on the BLS Web site at http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm.