Department of Numbers

Washington Job Growth

There were 3,350,000 jobs in Washington in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,670,328 employed persons for the month. Washington added 8,300 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 18,560 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Washington job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,350,000 +8,300 +251,800
CPS 3,670,328 +18,560 +252,741

Washington Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Washington 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 in Washington

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for Washington at 3,513,100. Since then 163,100 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,098,200 in May 2020, Washington has gained 251,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Washington reached a maximum of 3,799,953 in January 2020. 129,625 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,336,286, Washington has added 334,042 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 3,350,000 8,300 3,670,328 18,560
April 2021 3,341,700 13,200 3,651,768 11,831
March 2021 3,328,500 27,000 3,639,937 18,465
February 2021 3,301,500 29,600 3,621,472 14,834
January 2021 3,271,900 5,100 3,606,638 15,681
December 2020 3,266,800 -5,400 3,590,957 4,460
November 2020 3,272,200 12,000 3,586,497 -117,511
October 2020 3,260,200 600 3,704,008 143,295
September 2020 3,259,600 13,800 3,560,713 27,865
August 2020 3,245,800 33,700 3,532,848 35,629
July 2020 3,212,100 31,500 3,497,219 39,924
June 2020 3,180,600 82,400 3,457,295 39,708