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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,343,400 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,294,651 employed persons for the month. Washington lost 500 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,822 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,343,400 -500 +62,800
CPS 3,294,651 +5,822 +23,501

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Washington, District of Columbia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Washington 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 for Washington, District of Columbia

CES employment for Washington peaked in September 2018 at 3,343,900. Since then 500 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,318,714 for Washington in June 2018. 24,063 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey. From a September 2018 low of 3,288,829, Washington has added 5,822 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 3,343,400 -500 3,294,651 5,822
September 2018 3,343,900 900 3,288,829 -2,411
August 2018 3,343,000 6,900 3,291,240 -17,794
July 2018 3,336,100 10,100 3,309,034 -9,680
June 2018 3,326,000 10,400 3,318,714 7,374
May 2018 3,315,600 6,000 3,311,340 5,716
April 2018 3,309,600 -900 3,305,624 -1,092
March 2018 3,310,500 -300 3,306,716 130
February 2018 3,310,800 9,400 3,306,586 23,311
January 2018 3,301,400 7,300 3,283,275 11,798
December 2017 3,294,100 6,000 3,271,477 1,786
November 2017 3,288,100 7,500 3,269,691 -1,459