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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,306,800 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in July 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,267,749 employed persons for the month. Washington added 700 jobs in July 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 898 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,306,800 +700 +90,200
CPS 3,267,749 +898 +74,443

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 February 2020 at 3,387,400. Since then 80,600 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,958,800 in April 2020, Washington has gained 348,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,447,441 for Washington in February 2020. 179,692 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 3,044,480, Washington has added 223,269 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2022

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2022 3,306,800 700 3,267,749 898
June 2022 3,306,100 7,500 3,266,851 3,998
May 2022 3,298,600 9,200 3,262,853 2,959
April 2022 3,289,400 2,700 3,259,894 6,954
March 2022 3,286,700 5,800 3,252,940 8,823
February 2022 3,280,900 14,900 3,244,117 8,391
January 2022 3,266,000 800 3,235,726 9,360
December 2021 3,265,200 7,000 3,226,366 -1,368
November 2021 3,258,200 7,700 3,227,734 1,033
October 2021 3,250,500 18,100 3,226,701 8,836
September 2021 3,232,400 1,800 3,217,865 11,981
August 2021 3,230,600 14,000 3,205,884 12,578