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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Job Growth

There were 2,066,900 jobs in Seattle, Washington in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,067,695 employed persons for the month. Seattle lost 8,100 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 4,416 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Seattle job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,066,900 -8,100 +36,700
CPS 2,067,695 +4,416 +38,815

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 peaked in January 2019 at 2,075,000. Since then 8,100 jobs have been lost in Seattle according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in February 2019 for Seattle is at a new high of 2,067,695.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Seattle, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 2,066,900 -8,100 2,067,695 4,416
January 2019 2,075,000 2,500 2,063,279 8,844
December 2018 2,072,500 5,600 2,054,435 2,354
November 2018 2,066,900 6,200 2,052,081 5,886
October 2018 2,060,699 9,199 2,046,195 6,203
September 2018 2,051,500 1,300 2,039,992 3,028
August 2018 2,050,199 3,299 2,036,964 6,666
July 2018 2,046,900 3,300 2,030,298 14,324
June 2018 2,043,600 3,200 2,015,974 468
May 2018 2,040,400 3,400 2,015,506 -4,589
April 2018 2,037,000 3,500 2,020,095 -9,091
March 2018 2,033,500 3,300 2,029,186 306