The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported this week that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in December – down 0.2 percentage points from the reported November unemployment rate, down 0.7 percentage points from one year ago, and down 1.7 percentage points since Mayor Muriel Bowser was sworn into office on January 5, 2015.
The number of employed District residents grew by 2,400 from 372,200 in November 2016 to 374,600 in December 2016. “The District is growing, our economy is thriving and DC residents and businesses are benefitting from that prosperity,” said Mayor Bowser. “While we still have more work to do, my Administration remains particularly focused on expanding economic opportunities for our hardest to employ residents. As our economy continues to grow, we have an obligation to ensure that every resident looking for an opportunity has the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce.” The District’s preliminary December job estimates show a decrease of (600) jobs, for a total of 788,100 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by (1,400) jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 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.
Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released November estimates were revised upward to show an over-the-month (October 16- November 16) total non-farm employment increase of 1,700 jobs.