The federal government remains the largest single employer in the Washington metropolitan area, and the District’s Office of Revenue Analysis keeps track of how many fed jobs there are. The office’s monthly report said, as of November 2017, the federal government directly employed 364,000 people in the D.C. area. About 54 percent of those jobs were in the District itself.
That number is actually down by about 4,200 jobs — or 1.1 percent — from November 2016. The federal government still accounts for slightly more than one out of every 10 jobs in the D.C. region. Local government employment is a close second, employing just shy of 341,000 people in the D.C. metro — up 2.8 percent from November 2016.