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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Job Growth

There were 1,952,700 jobs in Seattle, Washington in May 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,904,320 employed persons for the month. Seattle added 13,400 jobs in May 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,048 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Seattle job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,952,700 +13,400 +69,700
CPS 1,904,320 -1,048 +31,939

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 2016 is at a new high of 1,952,700.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,912,327 for Seattle in March 2016. 8,007 jobs have been lost in Seattle since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2016

Seattle, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2016 1,952,700 13,400 1,904,320 -1,048
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
December 2015 1,917,300 4,800 1,882,453 1,326
November 2015 1,912,500 6,300 1,881,127 1,300
October 2015 1,906,200 2,400 1,879,827 869
September 2015 1,903,800 1,000 1,878,958 637
August 2015 1,902,800 6,300 1,878,321 1,863
July 2015 1,896,500 3,500 1,876,458 2,379
June 2015 1,893,000 10,000 1,874,079 1,698