Department of Numbers

Washington Job Growth

There were 3,475,700 jobs in Washington in March 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,837,264 employed persons for the month. Washington added 8,800 jobs in March 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 25,581 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Washington job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,475,700 +8,800 +169,500
CPS 3,837,264 +25,581 +186,079

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 3,517,200. Since then 41,500 jobs have been lost in Washington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,086,900 in May 2020, Washington has gained 388,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Washington for March 2022 is at a new high of 3,837,264.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2022

Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2022 3,475,700 8,800 3,837,264 25,581
February 2022 3,466,900 28,000 3,811,683 25,130
January 2022 3,438,900 3,000 3,786,553 19,851
December 2021 3,435,900 13,600 3,766,702 -1,043
November 2021 3,422,300 13,200 3,767,745 2,346
October 2021 3,409,100 11,800 3,765,399 15,810
September 2021 3,397,300 10,800 3,749,589 17,752
August 2021 3,386,500 16,900 3,731,837 18,868
July 2021 3,369,600 22,100 3,712,969 16,444
June 2021 3,347,500 14,400 3,696,525 15,175
May 2021 3,333,100 10,200 3,681,350 14,776
April 2021 3,322,900 16,700 3,666,574 15,389