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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Job Growth

There were 2,022,600 jobs in Seattle, Washington in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,999,622 employed persons for the month. Seattle added 5,000 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 3,087 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Seattle job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,022,600 +5,000 +47,700
CPS 1,999,622 +3,087 +40,527

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 November 2017 is at a new high of 2,022,600.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,001,175 for Seattle in September 2017. 1,553 jobs have been lost in Seattle since then according to the household survey. From a October 2017 low of 1,996,535, Seattle has added 3,087 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Seattle, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 2,022,600 5,000 1,999,622 3,087
October 2017 2,017,600 7,300 1,996,535 -4,640
September 2017 2,010,300 800 2,001,175 10,322
August 2017 2,009,500 7,800 1,990,853 12,268
July 2017 2,001,700 5,200 1,978,585 5,196
June 2017 1,996,500 -2,400 1,973,389 -3,226
May 2017 1,998,900 2,000 1,976,615 -1,470
April 2017 1,996,900 1,300 1,978,085 -5,668
March 2017 1,995,600 9,800 1,983,753 1,306
February 2017 1,985,800 3,600 1,982,447 7,922
January 2017 1,982,200 2,900 1,974,525 13,044
December 2016 1,979,300 4,400 1,961,481 2,386