Department of Numbers

District of Columbia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for District of Columbia fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2022 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also see District of Columbia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
District of Columbia 4.6% -0.2 -1.5

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 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

District of Columbia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in District of Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 43,140. There are now 25,682 fewer people unemployed in the state. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 17,458 -808 -6,010

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in District of Columbia from 1990 to November 2022

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
December 2022 3.5%
November 2022 3.6% 4.6% 17,458
October 2022 3.7% 4.8% 18,266
September 2022 3.5% 4.7% 18,048
August 2022 3.7% 5.1% 19,816
July 2022 3.5% 5.2% 19,888
June 2022 3.6% 5.5% 21,125
May 2022 3.6% 5.7% 21,895
April 2022 3.6% 5.8% 22,208
March 2022 3.6% 6.0% 23,006
February 2022 3.8% 6.1% 23,365
January 2022 4.0% 6.3% 24,315