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 September 2021 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 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 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also see District of Columbia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
District of Columbia 6.5% -0.2 -2.2

Unemployment Rate: District of Columbia, National

District of Columbia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

District of Columbia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in District of Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 45,122. There are now 18,411 fewer people unemployed in the state. District of Columbia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
District of Columbia 26,711 -874 -8,935

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in District of Columbia from 1990 to September 2021

District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 6.5% 26,711
August 2021 5.2% 6.7% 27,585
July 2021 5.4% 6.7% 27,398
June 2021 5.9% 7.0% 28,465
May 2021 5.8% 7.2% 29,230
April 2021 6.1% 7.5% 30,556
March 2021 6.0% 7.7% 31,516
February 2021 6.2% 8.1% 33,230
January 2021 6.3% 8.4% 34,354
December 2020 6.7% 8.8% 36,038
November 2020 6.7% 8.8% 35,985
October 2020 6.9% 8.8% 35,844