Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for District of Columbia fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
District of Columbia 5.6% -0.1 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: District of Columbia, National

District of Columbia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 13,893 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,741 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 125. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 22,866 -155 -918

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 5.6% 22,866
September 2018 3.7% 5.7% 23,021
August 2018 3.9% 5.6% 23,033
July 2018 3.9% 5.6% 22,920
June 2018 4.0% 5.6% 22,901
May 2018 3.8% 5.6% 22,802
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