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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,263,600 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,252,887 employed persons for the month. Washington lost 18,100 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,427 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,263,600 -18,100 +46,600
CPS 3,252,887 +2,427 +79,841

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Washington, District of Columbia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Washington as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Washington, District of Columbia

CES employment for Washington peaked in February 2017 at 3,281,700. Since then 18,100 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in March 2017 for Washington is at a new high of 3,252,887.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 3,263,600 -18,100 3,252,887 2,427
February 2017 3,281,700 19,500 3,250,460 19,923
January 2017 3,262,200 10,900 3,230,537 16,884
December 2016 3,251,300 4,600 3,213,653 2,957
November 2016 3,246,700 0 3,210,696 6,538
October 2016 3,246,700 10,400 3,204,158 7,080
September 2016 3,236,300 -700 3,197,078 5,230
August 2016 3,237,000 6,400 3,191,848 4,944
July 2016 3,230,600 5,000 3,186,904 4,391
June 2016 3,225,600 800 3,182,513 3,678
May 2016 3,224,800 -700 3,178,835 3,005
April 2016 3,225,500 8,500 3,175,830 2,784