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 March 2022 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 2.4 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 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also see District of Columbia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
District of Columbia 6.0% -0.1 -0.6

Note: All comparisons are made with March data as April 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 March 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 20,118 fewer people unemployed in the state. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 23,022 -343 -1,991

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 6.0% 23,022
February 2022 3.8% 6.1% 23,365
January 2022 4.0% 6.3% 24,315
December 2021 3.9% 6.1% 23,461
November 2021 4.2% 6.1% 23,468
October 2021 4.6% 6.3% 24,203
September 2021 4.7% 6.5% 24,864
August 2021 5.2% 6.9% 26,623
July 2021 5.4% 7.1% 27,171
June 2021 5.9% 7.2% 27,671
May 2021 5.8% 6.9% 26,401