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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Job Growth

There were 1,926,400 jobs in Seattle, Washington in December 2015 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,874,888 employed persons for the month. Seattle added 5,300 jobs in December 2015 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,256 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Seattle job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,926,400 +5,300 +56,800
CPS 1,874,888 -1,256 +23,046

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 2015 is at a new high of 1,926,400.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,900,782 for Seattle in August 2015. 25,894 jobs have been lost in Seattle since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2015

Seattle, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2015 1,926,400 5,300 1,874,888 -1,256
November 2015 1,921,100 5,600 1,876,144 -5,779
October 2015 1,915,500 3,100 1,881,923 -5,467
September 2015 1,912,400 -1,700 1,887,390 -13,392
August 2015 1,914,100 4,100 1,900,782 17,276
July 2015 1,910,000 5,600 1,883,506 3,803
June 2015 1,904,400 4,500 1,879,703 -2,836
May 2015 1,899,900 5,500 1,882,539 -5,220
April 2015 1,894,400 5,000 1,887,759 4,663
March 2015 1,889,400 8,000 1,883,096 13,976
February 2015 1,881,400 2,900 1,869,120 12,974
January 2015 1,878,500 8,900 1,856,146 4,304