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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Job Growth

There were 1,984,400 jobs in Seattle, Washington in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,963,644 employed persons for the month. Seattle added 5,500 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 8,124 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Seattle job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,984,400 +5,500 +67,100
CPS 1,963,644 -8,124 +81,191

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Seattle, Washington Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Seattle as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Seattle, Washington

CES employment for Seattle in December 2016 is at a new high of 1,984,400.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,971,768 for Seattle in November 2016. 8,124 jobs have been lost in Seattle since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Seattle, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 1,984,400 5,500 1,963,644 -8,124
November 2016 1,978,900 1,400 1,971,768 4,396
October 2016 1,977,500 3,900 1,967,372 10,611
September 2016 1,973,600 8,100 1,956,761 17,918
August 2016 1,965,500 2,900 1,938,843 23,235
July 2016 1,962,600 6,400 1,915,608 7,820
June 2016 1,956,200 3,900 1,907,788 4,036
May 2016 1,952,300 13,000 1,903,752 -1,616
April 2016 1,939,300 3,300 1,905,368 -6,959
March 2016 1,936,000 3,200 1,912,327 6,087
February 2016 1,932,800 10,300 1,906,240 15,068
January 2016 1,922,500 5,200 1,891,172 8,719