The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported recently that the preliminary February job estimates reflect promising over-the-month job growth. The private sector increased by 11,100 jobs, while the public sector gained 3,500 jobs, an increase of 14,600 jobs for a total of 2,640,000 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s non-seasonal adjusted February 2017 unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, which is unchanged from the January 2017 rate of 4.0 percent. The Washington Metropolitan Division unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in February 2016, but has since decreased by 0.1 percentage point to the current 4.0 percent.
The total civilian labor force in the Washington Metropolitan Division for February 2017 was 2,670,000, of which 2,564,200 were employed and 105,800 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 4.0 percent. The total civilian labor force in the Suburban Ring of the Communities surrounding the District of Columbia was 2,962,700, of which 2,857,100 were employed and 105,700 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.6 percent. In the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the Washington Metropolitan Division and the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland Metropolitan Division, the civilian labor force was 3,361,800, of which 3,231,600 were employed and 130,200 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for this area was 3.9 percent. The unemployment rates for the Washington Metropolitan Division, the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Suburban Ring were unchanged from the previous month rate.