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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,307,800 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in August 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,275,088 employed persons for the month. Washington lost 1,700 jobs in August 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 785 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,307,800 -1,700 +70,800
CPS 3,275,088 -785 +83,240

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 July 2017 at 3,309,500. Since then 1,700 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,275,873 for Washington in July 2017. 785 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2017

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2017 3,307,800 -1,700 3,275,088 -785
July 2017 3,309,500 31,000 3,275,873 845
June 2017 3,278,500 6,900 3,275,028 14,894
May 2017 3,271,600 7,200 3,260,134 5,119
April 2017 3,264,400 -600 3,255,015 1,312
March 2017 3,265,000 -16,700 3,253,703 3,243
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