(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary March job estimates show an increase of 14,300 jobs for a total of 2,446,800 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The public sector increased by 3,600 jobs, accompanied by an increase of 10,700 private sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted March 2012 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, which is down 0.3 percent from the February rate of 5.9 percent.
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for March 2012 was 2,543,100, of which 2,400,700 were employed and 142,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.6 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,852,100, of which 2,710,100 were employed and 142,100 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.0 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 3,199,900, of which 3,023,500 were employed and 176,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.5 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, and Suburban Ring decreased by 0.3 percent 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 37,800, while the number of employed increased by 43,900, and the number of unemployed decreased by 6,100. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring over the year increased by 38,800, while the number of employed increased by 45,000, and the number of unemployed decreased by 6,000. Meanwhile the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 42,000, while the number of employed increased by 48,700, and the number of unemployed decreased by 6,700. For the year, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division, the Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.3 percent each.
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 14,300 jobs. The private sector increased by 10,700 jobs, and the public sector increased by 3,600 jobs. Eight private sectors, along with the federal, state, and local government, had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, one sector had an over-the-month job loss. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 1,000 jobs; professional and business services gained 100 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 4,200 jobs; educational and health services gained 1,100 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities which gained 1,000 jobs; mining, logging, and construction gained 2,300 jobs; other services gained 1,000 jobs; and manufacturing increased by 200 jobs. Job losses were registered in information which lost 200 jobs. Government increased by 3,600 jobs or +0.6 percent. An increase of 900 jobs at the state government level was accompanied by a gain of 1,600 jobs at the federal government level, and local government gained 1,100 jobs.
During the last twelve months, the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 32,800 jobs. The private sector added 31,400 jobs, while the public sector gained 1,400 jobs. Educational & Health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 13,400 jobs. Four other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 5,000 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 6,500 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 11,800 jobs); and other services (100 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 3,600 jobs. Three other private sector industries posted year-over job losses: manufacturing (down 500 jobs); information (down 300 jobs); and professional and business services (down 1,000 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 2011 annual benchmark revisions.
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.