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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,202,300 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,147,707 employed persons for the month. Washington added 6,000 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 7,271 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,202,300 +6,000 -178,600
CPS 3,147,707 +7,271 -247,485

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 191,600 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,031,000 in May 2020, Washington has gained 171,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,404,590 for Washington in February 2020. 256,883 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 111,335 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 3,202,300 6,000 3,147,707 7,271
October 2020 3,196,300 18,800 3,140,436 24,731
September 2020 3,177,500 32,700 3,115,705 -73,031
August 2020 3,144,800 59,300 3,188,736 53,952
July 2020 3,085,500 -5,900 3,134,784 6,346
June 2020 3,091,400 60,400 3,128,438 84,723
May 2020 3,031,000 -14,600 3,043,715 7,343
April 2020 3,045,600 -316,300 3,036,372 -340,573
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