(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary May job estimates show an increase of 15,000 jobs for a total of 2,472,600 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The public sector increased by 200 jobs, accompanied by an increase of 14,800 private sector jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division's not seasonally adjusted May 2012 unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, which is up 0.3 percent from the April rate of 5.1 percent.
Over-the-Month Area Civilian Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Data
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for May 2012 was 2,552,500, of which 2,415,100 were employed and 137,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.4 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,857,400, of which 2,718,000 were employed and 139,400 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 4.9 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 3,210,700, of which 3,039,400 were employed and 171,300 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 5.3 percent. For the month, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division increased by 0.3 percent, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring increased by 0.2 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 42,200, while the number of employed increased by 50,500, and the number of unemployed decreased by 8,300. The civilian labor force for the Suburban Ring over the year increased by 36,400, while the number of employed increased by 43,500, and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,000. Meanwhile the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’s civilian labor force increased by 47,000, while the number of employed increased by 56,600, and the number of unemployed decreased by 9,500. For the year, the unemployment rates for the Metropolitan Division and the Metropolitan Statistical Area decreased by 0.4 percent each, and the Suburban Ring decreased by 0.3 percent.
Metropolitan Division’s Job Growth
Total wage and salary employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased over the month by 15,000 jobs. The private sector increased by 14,800 jobs, and the public sector increased by 200 jobs. Eight private sectors along with the local government had over-the-month job gains. Meanwhile, one sector along with the federal government had no over-the-month job change, while the state government decreased in jobs over-the-month. Job gains were registered in financial activities, which gained 1,100 jobs; professional and business services gained 1,100 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 6,900 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities gained 1,800 jobs; mining, logging, and construction gained 1,500 jobs; manufacturing increased by 200 jobs; information increased by 600 jobs and other services gained 1,600 jobs. There were no over-the-month private sector job losses. Government increased by 200 jobs. State government lost 1,400 jobs. Meanwhile there were no change in jobs at the federal government level, and local government gained 1,600 jobs.
During the last twelve months, the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 39,100 jobs. The private sector added 39,600 jobs, while the public sector lost 500 jobs. Educational & Health services reported the greatest year-over growth, up 14,300 jobs. Six other private sector industries posted year-over job gains: financial activities (up 5,700 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (up 6,400 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 12,100 jobs); and professional and business services (up 3,100 jobs); other services (up 800 jobs) and manufacturing (up by 400 jobs). Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 2,500 jobs. One other private sector industry posted a year-over job loss: information (down 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, 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 website.