District of Columbia’s April unemployment rate improves to 5.8%, reflecting gains in hospitality jobs as tourism and businesses return

(Washington DC) – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services today announced that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.8% in April 2022; a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from the revised March 2022 rate of 6.0%.

“DC is open, and efforts by the Bowser administration to encourage visitors to return to the District, and businesses to reopen offices and hire Washingtonians are reflected in significant job gains in the recreation sectors. and hospitality, professional and business services,” said DOES director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. Over the year, unemployment rates in Wards 7 and 8 improved by 3.2 percentage points and 4.6 percentage points, respectively — and there are 7,300 more DC residents employed in the district.

Preliminary April employment estimates for the district show an increase of 5,600 jobs, for a total of 765,200 jobs in the district. The private sector increased by 7,000 jobs. The public sector lost 1,400 jobs. Figures are taken from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its District of Columbia Monthly Employer Survey.

The number of District residents employed increased by 1,100, from 362,300 in March 2022 to 363,400 in April 2022. The District’s civilian workforce increased by 300, from 385,300 in March 2022 to 385 600 in April 2022. The labor force participation rate increased by 0.3 percentage points from 72.1% in March 2022 to 72.4% in April 2022.

Job Overview

  • The manufacturing sector remained the same, after remaining the same the previous month. With 1,100 jobs, the number of jobs remains statistically unchanged compared to a year ago.
  • The mining, logging and construction sector increased by 300 jobs, after increasing by 100 jobs the previous month. With 15,300 jobs, employment was up 400 or 2.68% from a year ago.
  • The trade, transport and utilities sector lost 100 jobs, after losing 700 jobs the previous month. With employment at 30,000 jobs, jobs are up 1,500 or 5.26% from a year ago.
  • The information sector fell by 200 jobs, after remaining the same the previous month. With employment at 19,400 jobs, jobs remained the same or 0% from a year ago.
  • The financial activities sector increased by 100 jobs, after declining by 200 jobs the previous month. With employment at 27,400 jobs, jobs were down 700 jobs or 2.49% from a year ago.
  • The professional and business services sector increased by 1,400 jobs, following an increase of 700 jobs the previous month. With 174,400 jobs, employment was up 10,200 or 6.21% from a year ago.
  • The education and health services sector increased by 1,100 jobs, following an increase of 500 jobs the previous month. With 123,800 jobs, employment was up 1,800 or 1.48% from a year ago.
  • The leisure and hospitality sector increased by 3,600 jobs, following an increase of 2,000 jobs the previous month. With 64,500 jobs, employment was up 21,700 or 5.07% from a year ago.
  • The other services sector increased by 800 jobs, following an increase of 100 jobs the previous month. With 72,400 jobs, employment was up 1,100 or 1.54% from a year ago.

Labor Force Snapshot

  • The number of employed district residents increased by 1,100 during the month to 363,400. The civilian workforce increased by 300 to 385,600.
  • A year ago, total employment was 352,600 and the civilian labor force was 378,300.

The number of unemployed was 25,700 and the unemployment rate 6.8%.

NOTES: Final April 2022 and preliminary May 2022 unemployment rates will be released on Friday, June 17, 2022. Historical employment and labor force estimates for the District of Columbia and detailed labor market information are available HERE.

Technical Notes: Estimates of employment and unemployment levels in industry are determined using two different monthly surveys.

Industry employment data are taken from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, a monthly survey of business establishments conducted by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides estimates of employment, hours and income data. broken down by industry for the entire country, all states, and most major metropolitan areas (often referred to as the “establishment” survey).

Resident employment and unemployment data come primarily from the district portion of the National Current Population Survey (CPS), a household survey conducted monthly by the U.S. Census Bureau under contract to the BLS, which provides data to the local unemployment statistics (LAUS) program (often referred to as a “household” survey).

Industry and household estimates are revised monthly based on additional information from updated survey reports compiled by the BLS. In addition, these estimates are benchmarked (revised) annually based on actual counts of district Unemployment Compensation Act administrative records and other data.

Data reflects 2021 annual benchmark revisions.

Data on employment in industry are not seasonally adjusted.

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