The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported recently that the District’s preliminary October job estimates show an increase of 4,200 jobs, for a total of 797,500 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 4,700 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 500 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 seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in October – up 0.1 percentage point from the reported September rate. “We are encouraged by the District jobs increase and the strides made to reduce the unemployment rate, but we know there is more work to be done to ensure all residents have access to the employability tools necessary to succeed on their pathway to the middle class,” said DOES Director Odie Donald II.
The number of employed District residents was down 1,500 from 375,800 in September 2017 to 374,300 in October 2017.