The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in July – unchanged from the reported June unemployment rate.
The District’s preliminary July estimates show an increase of 12,300 jobs, for a total of 787,600 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 1,500 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 13,800 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 down 900 from 374,300 in June 2016 to 373,400 in July 2016.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released June estimates were revised downward to show an over-the-month (May 16- June 16) total non-farm employment decrease of 2,200 jobs.