The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 14,200 jobs for a total of 2,664,300 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 15,200 jobs, while the public sector decreased 1,000 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted April 2017 unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, which is down 0.2 percentage points from the March rate of 3.8 percent. The Washington Metropolitan Division unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in April 2016, which is unchanged from the current 3.6 percent.
During the last 12 months, employment in the Washington Metropolitan Division increased by 28,400 jobs. The private sector added 25,000 jobs, while the public sector gained 3,400 jobs. Leisure and hospitality reported the greatest year-over growth, up 10,900 jobs. Four other private sector industries along with the local government posted year-over job gains: Educational and health services gained (5,300 jobs); professional and business services gained (8,300 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities gained (4,300 jobs); and mining, logging and construction gained (500 jobs). Information recorded the greatest year-over downturn, down 3,100 jobs. Three other private sectors along with the federal and state government had year-over losses: Financial activities lost (900 jobs); manufacturing lost (200 jobs); and other services lost (100 jobs). Meanwhile, the state government lost (200 jobs).