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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,152,400 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,124,466 employed persons for the month. Washington added 5,700 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 7,877 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,152,400 +5,700 -231,200
CPS 3,124,466 +7,877 -280,124

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 3,383,600. Since then 231,200 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,956,500 in April 2020, Washington has gained 195,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,404,590 for Washington in February 2020. 280,124 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,036,372, Washington has added 88,094 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 3,152,400 5,700 3,124,466 7,877
January 2021 3,146,700 3,100 3,116,589 -52,576
December 2020 3,143,600 -1,400 3,169,165 5,910
November 2020 3,145,000 5,100 3,163,255 22,819
October 2020 3,139,900 6,600 3,140,436 24,731
September 2020 3,133,300 25,400 3,115,705 -73,031
August 2020 3,107,900 43,900 3,188,736 53,952
July 2020 3,064,000 48,000 3,134,784 6,346
June 2020 3,016,000 44,700 3,128,438 84,723
May 2020 2,971,300 14,800 3,043,715 7,343
April 2020 2,956,500 -394,900 3,036,372 -340,573
March 2020 3,351,400 -32,200 3,376,945 -27,645