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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,267,900 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,232,072 employed persons for the month. Washington added 6,300 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 21,789 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,267,900 +6,300 +66,800
CPS 3,232,072 +21,789 +69,393

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 October 2016 at 3,269,700. Since then 1,800 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,261,600 in November 2016, Washington has gained 6,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in December 2016 for Washington is at a new high of 3,232,072.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 3,267,900 6,300 3,232,072 21,789
November 2016 3,261,600 -8,100 3,210,283 15,224
October 2016 3,269,700 5,300 3,195,059 21,351
September 2016 3,264,400 8,300 3,173,708 9,871
August 2016 3,256,100 9,600 3,163,837 -1,498
July 2016 3,246,500 3,700 3,165,335 -8,736
June 2016 3,242,800 12,800 3,174,071 5,776
May 2016 3,230,000 2,200 3,168,295 -5,875
April 2016 3,227,800 1,200 3,174,170 -4,220
March 2016 3,226,600 10,300 3,178,390 -840
February 2016 3,216,300 5,500 3,179,230 3,428
January 2016 3,210,800 9,700 3,175,802 13,123