Washington, D.C.

Recent reports on the District of Columbia’s economy were mixed. Employment edged higher, and the unemployment rate fell.

On the other hand, new housing permits were down from year-ago levels. Employment in the District of Columbia increased by 1,100 jobs in April. The most jobs were added over the month in leisure and hospitality (1,200 jobs), and the most jobs were lost in government (1,500 jobs). On a year-over-year basis, payroll employment in the District of Columbia increased by 34,400 jobs (4.7 percent), but employment remained 5.0% below its level in February 2020. The most jobs were added over the year in leisure and hospitality (22,400 jobs), while the most were lost in government (2,600 jobs). The unemployment rate in the District of Columbia fell 0.2% to 5.8% in April and was down 1.0% on a year-over-year basis but remained 0.4% above its pre-pandemic value from February 2020.

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