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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 April 2022 to 3.6%. 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 April 2020 at 10.0% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Washington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
District of Columbia 5.8% -0.2 -1.0
Washington 3.6% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 341,974. There are now 220,191 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 121,783 -4,940 -52,423

Number of Unemployed Persons

Washington, District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 5.8% 3.6% 121,783
March
2022
3.6% 6.0% 3.7% 126,723
February
2022
3.8% 6.1% 3.9% 131,292
January
2022
4.0% 6.3% 4.1% 137,474
December
2021
3.9% 6.1% 4.2% 142,027
November
2021
4.2% 6.1% 4.2% 142,029
October
2021
4.6% 6.3% 4.2% 142,950
September
2021
4.7% 6.5% 4.3% 145,741
August
2021
5.2% 6.9% 5.1% 171,461
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 5.2% 174,244
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 5.2% 175,547

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.