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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Job Growth

There were 2,093,500 jobs in Seattle, Washington in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,143,977 employed persons for the month. Seattle added 10,100 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 13,295 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Seattle job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,093,500 +10,100 +112,800
CPS 2,143,977 +13,295 +109,058

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 February 2020 at 2,126,700. Since then 33,200 jobs have been lost in Seattle according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,863,400 in May 2020, Seattle has gained 230,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in April 2022 for Seattle is at a new high of 2,143,977.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Seattle, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 2,093,500 10,100 2,143,977 13,295
March 2022 2,083,400 10,400 2,130,682 11,827
February 2022 2,073,000 11,600 2,118,855 13,681
January 2022 2,061,400 4,099 2,105,174 11,744
December 2021 2,057,300 11,800 2,093,430 -910
November 2021 2,045,500 8,200 2,094,340 1,696
October 2021 2,037,300 11,800 2,092,644 9,070
September 2021 2,025,500 7,500 2,083,574 11,701
August 2021 2,018,000 9,400 2,071,873 11,965
July 2021 2,008,600 10,300 2,059,908 10,569
June 2021 1,998,300 9,100 2,049,339 7,791
May 2021 1,989,200 8,500 2,041,548 6,629