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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,042,700 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,001,869 employed persons for the month. Washington lost 319,200 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 375,076 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,042,700 -319,200 -300,400
CPS 3,001,869 -375,076 -339,757

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 3,393,900. Since then 351,200 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,404,590 for Washington in February 2020. 402,721 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 3,042,700 -319,200 3,001,869 -375,076
March 2020 3,361,900 -32,000 3,376,945 -27,645
February 2020 3,393,900 10,500 3,404,590 9,601
January 2020 3,383,400 3,400 3,394,989 -4,305
December 2019 3,380,000 -900 3,399,294 4,102
November 2019 3,380,900 12,400 3,395,192 5,674
October 2019 3,368,500 12,500 3,389,518 6,709
September 2019 3,356,000 6,300 3,382,809 7,695
August 2019 3,349,700 -6,900 3,375,114 8,299
July 2019 3,356,600 7,500 3,366,815 8,399
June 2019 3,349,100 5,500 3,358,416 8,491
May 2019 3,343,600 500 3,349,925 8,299