The Washington region lost 197,000 jobs in 2020 and the losses during the pandemic were larger than initially estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This decline was larger than any on record, with data going back to 1949. This included declines of

  • 7.5 percent (-76,300 jobs) in Suburban Maryland,
  • 6.3 percent (-50,000 jobs) in the District of Columbia, and
  • 4.6 percent (-69,700 jobs) in Northern Virginia.

Job Change in the Washington Region in 2020 & January 2021
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