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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Job Growth

There were 3,188,900 jobs in Washington, District of Columbia in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,141,340 employed persons for the month. Washington added 9,800 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 9,711 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Washington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,188,900 +9,800 +217,600
CPS 3,141,340 +9,711 +76,329

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 194,700 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,956,500 in April 2020, Washington has gained 232,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,433,151 for Washington in February 2020. 291,811 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,051,137, Washington has added 90,203 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Washington, District of Columbia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 3,188,900 9,800 3,141,340 9,711
April 2021 3,179,100 14,500 3,131,629 6,201
March 2021 3,164,600 9,600 3,125,428 3,979
February 2021 3,155,000 8,300 3,121,449 1,396
January 2021 3,146,700 3,100 3,120,053 -706
December 2020 3,143,600 -1,400 3,120,759 -6,682
November 2020 3,145,000 5,100 3,127,441 -8,761
October 2020 3,139,900 6,600 3,136,202 36,410
September 2020 3,133,300 25,400 3,099,792 -74,339
August 2020 3,107,900 43,900 3,174,131 88,630
July 2020 3,064,000 48,000 3,085,501 -35,026
June 2020 3,016,000 44,700 3,120,527 55,516