Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for District of Columbia fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 7.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in District of Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 11.1% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. You can also see District of Columbia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
District of Columbia 7.2% -0.3 -1.7

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: District of Columbia, National

District of Columbia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

District of Columbia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in District of Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 45,122. There are now 15,919 fewer people unemployed in the state. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 29,203 -1,353 -6,305

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in District of Columbia from 1990 to May 2021

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 7.2% 29,203
April 2021 6.1% 7.5% 30,556
March 2021 6.0% 7.7% 31,516
February 2021 6.2% 8.1% 33,230
January 2021 6.3% 8.4% 34,354
December 2020 6.7% 8.8% 36,038
November 2020 6.7% 8.8% 35,985
October 2020 6.9% 8.8% 35,844
September 2020 7.8% 8.7% 35,646
August 2020 8.4% 8.8% 35,594
July 2020 10.2% 8.9% 35,687