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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the District of Columbia rate. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in February 2010 at 6.7% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Washington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
District of Columbia 5.7% -0.1 -0.4
Washington 3.5% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Washington, District of Columbia, National

Washington, District of Columbia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Washington, District of Columbia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in March 2010 at 208,412. There are now 90,082 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Washington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Washington, District of Columbia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 118,330 -2,917 -6,344

Number of Unemployed Persons

Washington, District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 5.7% 3.5% 118,330
January
2018
4.1% 5.8% 3.6% 121,247
December
2017
4.1% 5.9% 3.6% 121,628
November
2017
4.1% 5.9% 3.8% 127,946
October
2017
4.1% 5.9% 3.7% 125,979
September
2017
4.2% 6.0% 3.6% 123,023
August
2017
4.4% 6.1% 3.7% 124,505
July
2017
4.3% 6.2% 3.7% 125,849
June
2017
4.3% 6.2% 3.6% 122,887
May
2017
4.3% 6.2% 3.7% 124,922
April
2017
4.4% 6.2% 3.7% 125,208

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.