Washington, DC Jobs Report

October 2019 Jobs Report

Jobs Added

Metro +500
  • Month Over Month: 0.0%
  • 3 Month Average: -6,567
  • Year Over Year: +1.2%
National +128,000
  • Month Over Month: +0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 175,667
  • Year Over Year: +1.4%

Unemployment Rate

Metro 2.9%
  • Month Over Month: -0.3%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.13%
  • Year Over Year: -0.2%
National 3.6%
  • Month Over Month: +0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.6%
  • Year Over Year: -0.2%

The U.S. economy added more jobs than expected in October with 128,000 new jobs being added. October’s release also noted that the unemployment rate rose slightly and is now sitting at 3.6%.

Gus Faucher, PNC chief economist, wrote in a note to clients, “With good job gains and solid wage growth, households’ incomes are increasing, which will boost consumer spending through the end of 2019 and into 2020.” He added, “The current economic expansion, already the longest in US history, looks set to continue at least through the first part of next year despite the trade war drag.”

Good news was also shared for August and September job numbers. Revisions to the numbers now include an extra 95,000 jobs that were added in August and September combined.

The labor force participation rate saw little change at 63.3 percent. Overall, the report was much stronger than what economists forecasted.

Sector Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Professional & Business Services -6,600
  • Month Over Month: -0.8%
  • 3 Month Average: 781
  • Year Over Year: +1.8%
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities -2,000
  • Month Over Month: -0.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 402
  • Year Over Year: -1.1%
Education & Health Services +5,700
  • Month Over Month: +1.3%
  • 3 Month Average: 448
  • Year Over Year: +2.3%

Industry Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services -500
  • Month Over Month: -0.3%
  • 3 Month Average: 164
  • Year Over Year: -0.4%
Transportation & Warehousing +1,500
  • Month Over Month: +2.7%
  • 3 Month Average: 56
  • Year Over Year: +4.1%
Health Care & Social Assistance +2,600
  • Month Over Month: +1.0%
  • 3 Month Average: 249
  • Year Over Year: +2.3%
Employment Services +1,000
  • Month Over Month: +2.7%
  • 3 Month Average: 37
  • Year Over Year: +4.1%
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Metropolitan Month-Over Month Job Growth by Sector

*The following chart displays the latest local job growth by sector compared to the previous month. Note that if a sector experienced losses or flat growth, it will not be displayed as part of the graphic.

BLS.gov cannot vouch for the data or analyses derived from these data after the data have been retrieved from BLS.gov.

The BLS defines a sector as a subset of the domestic economy and excludes the economic activities of the following: general government, private households, and nonprofit organizations serving individuals. A sector consists of multiple industries.

The BLS defines an industry as a group of establishments that produce similar products or provide similar services. Multiple industries makeup sectors.

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