Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for District of Columbia rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in District of Columbia peaked in June 2011 at 10.5% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see District of Columbia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
District of Columbia 5.5% +0.1 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: District of Columbia, National

District of Columbia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

District of Columbia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in District of Columbia peaked in June 2011 at 36,759. There are now 14,346 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 21,532 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 881. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 22,413 +433 -943

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in District of Columbia from 1990 to February 2019

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8% 5.5% 22,413
January 2019 4.0% 5.4% 21,980
December 2018 3.9% 5.4% 21,611
November 2018 3.7% 5.3% 21,558
October 2018 3.8% 5.3% 21,532
September 2018 3.7% 5.4% 21,694
August 2018 3.8% 5.4% 21,987
July 2018 3.9% 5.5% 22,380
June 2018 4.0% 5.6% 22,782
May 2018 3.8% 5.7% 23,095
April 2018 3.9% 5.7% 23,288
March 2018 4.0% 5.8% 23,356