Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 732,100 jobs in District of Columbia in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 375,176 employed persons for the month. District of Columbia lost 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 376 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is District of Columbia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 732,100 -400 -71,300
CPS 375,176 +376 -24,261

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 72,600 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 13,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in District of Columbia reached a maximum of 399,827 in January 2020. 24,651 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 13,529 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 732,100 -400 375,176 376
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
May 2020 718,200 -2,600 362,414 767
April 2020 720,800 -77,500 361,647 -37,248
March 2020 798,300 -5,100 398,895 -542