Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 740,500 jobs in District of Columbia in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 376,085 employed persons for the month. District of Columbia added 2,900 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 418 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is District of Columbia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 740,500 +2,900 +22,300
CPS 376,085 +418 +13,671

District of Columbia Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for District of Columbia 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 in District of Columbia

CES employment peaked in January 2020 for District of Columbia at 804,700. Since then 64,200 jobs have been lost in District of Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 718,200 in May 2020, District of Columbia has gained 22,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in District of Columbia reached a maximum of 399,827 in January 2020. 23,742 jobs have been lost in District of Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 361,647, District of Columbia has added 14,438 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 740,500 2,900 376,085 418
April 2021 737,600 5,600 375,667 282
March 2021 732,000 600 375,385 226
February 2021 731,400 -1,100 375,159 359
January 2021 732,500 -1,400 374,800 1,510
December 2020 733,900 300 373,290 -337
November 2020 733,600 -2,800 373,627 -36
October 2020 736,400 1,000 373,663 1,396
September 2020 735,400 1,400 372,267 2,358
August 2020 734,000 8,400 369,909 2,978
July 2020 725,600 5,400 366,931 2,739
June 2020 720,200 2,000 364,192 1,778