The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in August – this was unchanged from the reported July rate.
The District’s preliminary August job estimates show a decrease of 15,600 jobs, for a total of 786,900 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 4,200 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 11,400 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. “The District’s steady unemployment rate in August, despite the end of the summer jobs season, reflects the return of once skeptical job seekers to a now strong job market in search of gainful employment,” said DOES Director Odie Donald II.
The number of employed District residents was down 900 from 377,500 in July 2017 to 376,600 in August 2017.