The District has added 25,000 jobs and decreased unemployment by 1.3 percent since January 2015
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported recenty that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in April – down 0.1 percent from the reported March 2016 unemployment rate and down 1.3 percent since January 2015. Notably, the Ward 7 unemployment rate was 9.9 percent, the first drop below 10 percent since 2007’s annual average rate of 9.3 percent.
“Today’s labor market report makes it clear that the District’s economy is thriving and that more residents are benefitting from that prosperity,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The District has added more than 25,000 jobs since January 2015 and our unemployment is down both citywide and in key wards. However, more can be done. Through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, we work to give residents a fair shot, good paying jobs, and a pathway to the middle class.”
The District’s preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 6,200 jobs, for a total of 778,800 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 5,600 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 600 jobs. The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of the District of Columbia’s employers.
The number of employed District residents was up 2,800 from 368,500 in March 2016 to 371,300 in April 2016.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released March estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (February 16- March 16) total non-farm employment increase of 1,700 jobs.