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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,284,200 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in March 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,252,296 employed persons for the month. Washington added 3,300 jobs in March 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 8,757 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,284,200 +3,300 +113,200
CPS 3,252,296 +8,757 +95,377

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 103,200 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,958,800 in April 2020, Washington has gained 325,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,447,441 for Washington in February 2020. 195,145 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 207,816 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2022

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2022 3,284,200 3,300 3,252,296 8,757
February 2022 3,280,900 14,900 3,243,539 8,109
January 2022 3,266,000 800 3,235,430 9,064
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
July 2021 3,216,600 18,900 3,193,306 11,766
June 2021 3,197,700 7,700 3,181,540 9,362
May 2021 3,190,000 10,600 3,172,178 8,524
April 2021 3,179,400 8,400 3,163,654 6,735