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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,296,900 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,261,678 employed persons for the month. Washington added 3,400 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 11,095 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,296,900 +3,400 +50,200
CPS 3,261,678 -11,095 +50,982

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 12,600 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,293,500 in October 2017, Washington has gained 3,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,289,330 for Washington in September 2017. 27,652 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 3,296,900 3,400 3,261,678 -11,095
October 2017 3,293,500 -3,900 3,272,773 -16,557
September 2017 3,297,400 -9,900 3,289,330 13,054
August 2017 3,307,300 -2,200 3,276,276 403
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