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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the District of Columbia rate. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in February 2010 at 6.7% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Washington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
District of Columbia 5.6% -0.1 -0.3
Washington 3.3% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 208,691. There are now 96,031 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 112,660 -80 -10,528

Number of Unemployed Persons

Washington, District of Columbia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
District of Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 5.6% 3.3% 112,660
September
2018
3.7% 5.7% 3.3% 112,740
August
2018
3.9% 5.6% 3.4% 114,845
July
2018
3.9% 5.6% 3.4% 115,396
June
2018
4.0% 5.6% 3.4% 116,769
May
2018
3.8% 5.6% 3.3% 113,109
April
2018
3.9% 5.6% 3.5% 118,523
March
2018
4.1% 5.6% 3.6% 122,620
February
2018
4.1% 5.7% 3.5% 119,240
January
2018
4.1% 5.8% 3.6% 121,153
December
2017
4.1% 5.9% 3.6% 121,859

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.