Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for District of Columbia fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 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 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see District of Columbia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
District of Columbia 5.6% 0.0 -0.6

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 2018

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 13,949 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,741 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 69. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 22,810 +69 -2,167

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in District of Columbia from 1990 to May 2018

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 5.6% 22,810
April 2018 3.9% 5.6% 22,741
March 2018 4.1% 5.6% 22,742
February 2018 4.1% 5.7% 22,752
January 2018 4.1% 5.8% 23,157
December 2017 4.1% 5.9% 23,740
November 2017 4.1% 5.9% 23,708
October 2017 4.1% 5.9% 23,784
September 2017 4.2% 6.0% 24,110
August 2017 4.4% 6.1% 24,511
July 2017 4.3% 6.2% 24,855