The seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for March was 5.8 percent– reflecting no significant change from the reported February unemployment rate, while the number of employed District residents increased from 374,400 in February 2017 to 375,000 in March 2017.
“Maintaining a strong, diverse, and resilient city requires that every resident has a fair shot, and a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser. “We accomplish this by supporting our most vulnerable families and residents; providing job training that leads to real employment opportunities; and by nurturing our small businesses to ensure their growth and success.”
The preliminary March job estimates for Washington, DC show an increase of 600 jobs, for a total of 785,900 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 200 jobs, while the public sector payrolls increased by 400 jobs. All numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of Washington, DC’s employers.
“This month, Mayor Bowser presented the District of Columbia Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and Financial Plan, which highlights the Mayor’s commitment to our local workforce system,” said Department of Employment Services (DOES) Acting Director Odie Donald II. “Key investments in education and workforce development initiatives will ensure that District residents have the preparation and skills they need to participate in our thriving economy.”