Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 796,300 jobs in District of Columbia in December 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 382,283 employed persons for the month. District of Columbia added 2,100 jobs in December 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 419 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is District of Columbia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 796,300 +2,100 +2,300
CPS 382,283 +419 +4,595

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 August 2018 for District of Columbia at 796,800. Since then 500 jobs have been lost in District of Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 794,200 in November 2018, District of Columbia has gained 2,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in District of Columbia reached a maximum of 386,108 in July 2018. 3,825 jobs have been lost in District of Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a November 2018 low of 381,864, District of Columbia has added 419 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2018

District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2018 796,300 2,100 382,283 419
November 2018 794,200 -1,000 381,864 -500
October 2018 795,200 -300 382,364 -1,215
September 2018 795,500 -1,300 383,579 -1,504
August 2018 796,800 200 385,083 -1,025
July 2018 796,600 3,000 386,108 666
June 2018 793,600 -2,300 385,442 1,149
May 2018 795,900 600 384,293 1,655
April 2018 795,300 1,900 382,638 1,653
March 2018 793,400 -900 380,985 1,149
February 2018 794,300 -300 379,836 1,244
January 2018 794,600 600 378,592 904