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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 September 2022 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the District of Columbia rate. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in April 2020 at 10.0% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Washington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
District of Columbia 4.7% -0.4 -1.8
Washington 3.3% -0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 228,637 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 September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 113,337 -2,287 -32,404

Number of Unemployed Persons

Washington, District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.7% 3.3% 113,337
August
2022
3.7% 5.1% 3.4% 115,624
July
2022
3.5% 5.2% 3.4% 115,160
June
2022
3.6% 5.5% 3.5% 117,253
May
2022
3.6% 5.7% 3.5% 118,645
April
2022
3.6% 5.8% 3.6% 121,729
March
2022
3.6% 6.0% 3.7% 126,723
February
2022
3.8% 6.1% 3.9% 131,299
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

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.