Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for District of Columbia fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in District of Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. You can also see District of Columbia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
District of Columbia 7.5% -0.8 +2.2

Note: All comparisons are made with November data as December 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 November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

District of Columbia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in District of Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 46,998. There are now 16,998 fewer people unemployed in the state. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 30,000 -2,942 +8,157

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in District of Columbia from 1990 to November 2020

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 7.5% 30,000
October 2020 6.9% 8.3% 32,942
September 2020 7.8% 9.0% 36,024
August 2020 8.4% 8.6% 34,137
July 2020 10.2% 8.5% 33,581
June 2020 11.1% 8.7% 34,061
May 2020 13.3% 8.8% 34,026
April 2020 14.8% 11.7% 46,998
March 2020 4.4% 6.0% 25,431
February 2020 3.5% 5.1% 21,337
January 2020 3.5% 5.2% 21,577