Department of Numbers

Washington Job Growth

There were 3,293,300 jobs in Washington in October 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,750,421 employed persons for the month. Washington added 6,000 jobs in October 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 148,113 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Washington job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,293,300 +6,000 -190,600
CPS 3,750,421 +148,113 -37,083

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 3,520,800. Since then 227,500 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,966,800 in April 2020, Washington has gained 326,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Washington reached a maximum of 3,810,985 in February 2020. 60,564 jobs have been lost in Washington since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,318,207, Washington has added 432,214 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2020

Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2020 3,293,300 6,000 3,750,421 148,113
September 2020 3,287,300 9,300 3,602,308 -21,235
August 2020 3,278,000 50,100 3,623,543 66,174
July 2020 3,227,900 62,400 3,557,369 53,921
June 2020 3,165,500 108,200 3,503,448 151,864
May 2020 3,057,300 90,500 3,351,584 33,377
April 2020 2,966,800 -528,600 3,318,207 -373,911
March 2020 3,495,400 -25,400 3,692,118 -118,867
February 2020 3,520,800 3,900 3,810,985 11,213
January 2020 3,516,900 7,700 3,799,772 13,210
December 2019 3,509,200 12,300 3,786,562 -1,459
November 2019 3,496,900 13,000 3,788,021 517