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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,318,200 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,307,734 employed persons for the month. Washington added 2,000 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 8,563 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,318,200 +2,000 +18,100
CPS 3,307,734 +8,563 +1,148

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 in February 2019 is at a new high of 3,318,200.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,318,714 for Washington in June 2018. 10,980 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 18,905 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 3,318,200 2,000 3,307,734 8,563
January 2019 3,316,200 6,100 3,299,171 -8,707
December 2018 3,310,100 2,600 3,307,878 8,533
November 2018 3,307,500 2,600 3,299,345 5,372
October 2018 3,304,900 -900 3,293,973 5,144
September 2018 3,305,800 1,000 3,288,829 -2,411
August 2018 3,304,800 -600 3,291,240 -17,794
July 2018 3,305,400 1,300 3,309,034 -9,680
June 2018 3,304,100 900 3,318,714 7,374
May 2018 3,303,200 1,000 3,311,340 5,716
April 2018 3,302,200 4,100 3,305,624 -1,092
March 2018 3,298,100 -2,000 3,306,716 130