The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported this week that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in April – up 0.1 percentage point from the reported March rate.
The District’s preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 2,600 jobs, for a total of 789,600 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 3,200 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased 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.
“Private sector jobs continue to increase in the District, strengthening our local economy and creating more opportunities for residents to gain employment right here in Washington, DC,” said DOES Director Odie Donald II.
The number of employed District residents was up 600, from 375,100 in March 2017 to 375,700 in April 2017.