Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for District of Columbia rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2017 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in District of Columbia peaked in June 2011 at 10.5% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see District of Columbia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
District of Columbia 6.0% +0.1 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: District of Columbia, National

District of Columbia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

District of Columbia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in District of Columbia peaked in June 2011 at 36,670. There are now 12,390 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,376 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,904. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 24,280 +594 +359

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in District of Columbia from 1990 to May 2017

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 6.0% 24,280
April 2017 4.4% 5.9% 23,686
March 2017 4.5% 5.8% 23,028
February 2017 4.7% 5.7% 22,640
January 2017 4.8% 5.7% 22,376
December 2016 4.7% 5.7% 22,423
November 2016 4.6% 5.8% 22,672
October 2016 4.8% 5.8% 22,942
September 2016 4.9% 5.9% 23,232
August 2016 4.9% 6.0% 23,498
July 2016 4.9% 6.0% 23,700
June 2016 4.9% 6.1% 23,832