The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported recently that the District’s preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 10,700 jobs, for a total of 803,100 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 1,300 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 9,400 jobs. The District’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in July – this was up 0.3 percentage points from the reported June rate.
“The Bowser Administration remains committed to creating economic opportunity and pathways into the middle class for every city resident,” said DOES Director Odie Donald II. “We are focused on ensuring progress across the entire District, especially in our most disadvantaged communities.”
The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of the District of Columbia’s employers. The July increase in public sector jobs is mainly due to the start of the six-week-long Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program sponsored by the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services.
The number of employed District residents was down 900 from 378,500 in June 2017 to 377,600 in July 2017.