Washington job growth remains sluggish

WASHINGTON — The Washington metro area continues to add jobs, but at a slow pace, and the federal government continues to cut.

A monthly Economic Indicators report from the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis said the Washington metro area’s total wage and salary employment was 3,328,200 job in May — 41,300 more than May of 2017. That is an annual job growth rate of 1.3 percent.

The federal government employed 361,800 in the Washington region as of May, and while that’s still more than 10 percent of the region’s total workforce, it is 7,200 jobs fewer than the federal government employed in May 2017, a 2 percent decline.

Federal government was the only sector with fewer jobs than a year ago.

Local governments in the Washington metro area added 3,400 jobs on an annual basis in May, up 1 percent from a year earlier.

Education and health care added 9,900, up 2.3 percent.

Professional and business services added the most jobs on an annual basis, up 19,500 from a year earlier, and accounted for 972,100 of all area jobs as of May.

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