Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 749,300 jobs in District of Columbia in October 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 365,294 employed persons for the month. District of Columbia lost 1,000 jobs in October 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,680 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is District of Columbia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 749,300 -1,000 -51,300
CPS 365,294 +1,680 -24,804

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 February 2020 for District of Columbia at 803,900. Since then 54,600 jobs have been lost in District of Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 730,800 in May 2020, District of Columbia has gained 18,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in District of Columbia reached a maximum of 395,074 in March 2020. 29,780 jobs have been lost in District of Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 353,764, District of Columbia has added 11,530 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2020

District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2020 749,300 -1,000 365,294 1,680
September 2020 750,300 3,800 363,614 197
August 2020 746,500 -200 363,417 3,010
July 2020 746,700 7,700 360,407 705
June 2020 739,000 8,200 359,702 5,938
May 2020 730,800 -7,500 353,764 -1,691
April 2020 738,300 -62,900 355,455 -39,619
March 2020 801,200 -2,700 395,074 2,058
February 2020 803,900 1,200 393,016 1,551
January 2020 802,700 700 391,465 1,384
December 2019 802,000 -1,400 390,081 -75
November 2019 803,400 2,800 390,156 58