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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Job Growth

There were 1,900,900 jobs in Seattle, Washington in May 2015 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,882,600 employed persons for the month. Seattle added 6,500 jobs in May 2015 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 5,159 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Seattle job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,900,900 +6,500 +72,600
CPS 1,882,600 -5,159 +53,572

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 May 2015 is at a new high of 1,900,900.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,887,759 for Seattle in April 2015. 5,159 jobs have been lost in Seattle since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2015

Seattle, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2015 1,900,900 6,500 1,882,600 -5,159
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
December 2014 1,869,600 5,100 1,851,842 1,174
November 2014 1,864,500 3,800 1,850,668 2,435
October 2014 1,860,700 6,100 1,848,233 4,671
September 2014 1,854,600 2,100 1,843,562 3,730
August 2014 1,852,500 7,200 1,839,832 2,870
July 2014 1,845,300 12,500 1,836,962 4,104
June 2014 1,832,800 4,500 1,832,858 3,830