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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Job Growth

There were 1,996,200 jobs in Seattle, Washington in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,975,821 employed persons for the month. Seattle lost 700 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,264 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Seattle job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,996,200 -700 +49,300
CPS 1,975,821 -2,264 +50,823

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 peaked in April 2017 at 1,996,900. Since then 700 jobs have been lost in Seattle according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,983,753 for Seattle in March 2017. 7,932 jobs have been lost in Seattle since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

Seattle, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 1,996,200 -700 1,975,821 -2,264
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
November 2016 1,974,900 3,800 1,959,095 3,126
October 2016 1,971,100 4,200 1,955,969 4,523
September 2016 1,966,900 4,100 1,951,446 5,621
August 2016 1,962,800 6,800 1,945,825 6,931
July 2016 1,956,000 5,200 1,938,894 7,391
June 2016 1,950,800 3,900 1,931,503 6,505