Washington, D.C. – December 2023 Jobs Report: Holding Steady Amidst National Fluctuations

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The December 2023 jobs report for Washington, D.C. reveals a picture of stability within the local labor market, despite national uncertainties. Job growth continued, albeit at a slower pace than previous months, while key industries exhibited positive signs. However, careful monitoring of future trends remains crucial.

Key Points:

  • Unemployment remains slightly elevated: At 5.0%, the unemployment rate suggests a competitive job market for qualified applicants.
  • Job growth moderates: With 1,400 net new positions added, nonfarm jobs reached 876,200, reflecting a slower hiring pace compared to earlier months.
  • Professional & Business Services leads the charge: This sector added 800 jobs, potentially indicating growth in consulting, technology, and government contracting firms. Software developers, sales representatives, marketing specialists, accountants, and financial analysts could see opportunities.

Industry and Occupation Insights:

  • Growth: Professional & Business Services (+800), Education & Health Services (+300), Leisure & Hospitality (+200). Potential opportunities exist in: software developers, sales representatives, marketing specialists, accountants, financial analysts, healthcare professionals, teachers, administrators, customer service representatives, chefs, cooks, waiters and waitresses.
  • No significant declines: While some seasonal positions might have ended, no industries reported large-scale job losses.

Historical Comparisons:

  • Improvement over December 2022: Lower unemployment rate (5.0% vs. 5.4%) signifies a slight improvement in the labor market.
  • Slower pace than December 2022: Lower job growth (1,400 jobs vs. 2,100 jobs) compared to the previous year, highlighting a deceleration in hiring.

Future Outlook:

Experts offer a cautiously optimistic view. The stable unemployment rate and growth in key sectors suggest potential resilience for the D.C. economy. However, national economic trends and their impact on government spending, a major driver of local employment, warrant close observation. Adaptability and upskilling will be key in navigating potential shifts.

10 Growing Occupations in Washington, D.C.:

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Software Developers and Applications Developers
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Marketing Specialists
  5. Accountants and Auditors
  6. Customer Service Representatives
  7. Physicians and Surgeons
  8. Lawyers
  9. Teachers
  10. Construction Laborers

10 Companies Hiring Now in Washington, D.C.:

  1. Booz Allen Hamilton
  2. Deloitte
  3. Ernst & Young
  4. General Dynamics
  5. Lockheed Martin
  6. Johns Hopkins Medicine
  7. Kaiser Permanente
  8. Marriott International
  9. Customer Service Representatives
  10. Amazon


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA
  • District of Columbia Department of Employment Services – December 2023 Labor Market Report
  • Indeed Hiring in Washington, D.C
  • Glassdoor Jobs in Washington, D.C