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Monthly Employment Report

The Monthly Employment Report is a comprehensive report on Washington’s job market. We report the unemployment rate statewide and for the nation, the number of people in Washington’s workforce and the number of jobs by industry. Open the current Monthly Employment Report (PDF 874 KB) or for county-level data, go to the Map of County Unemployment Rates.


Who uses the Monthly Employment Report?


This report is often used by news reporters as an information source about Washington’s employment situation. Employers, researchers and others interested in Washington’s job market also use the report. The information in it provides insight into aspects of Washington’s overall economy.


How often is the employment report published?


We publish employment and unemployment data each month, based on a schedule set by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Statewide data and data for the Seattle Metropolitan Division is released in the second or third week of each month and county data is published the following week.



2015 Monthly Employment Report publication dates

Preliminary data for month of State and Seattle Metropolitan Division numbers released All other county numbers released 
December 2014 January 22, 2015 (Thursday) January 27, 2015
January 2015 March 10 March 10
February 2015 March 18 March 24
March 2015 April 15 April 21
April 2015 May 20 May 26
May 2015 June 17 June 23
June 2015 July 15 July 21
July 2015 August 19 August 25
August 2015 September 16 September 22
September 2015 October 14 October 20
October 2015 November 18 November 24
November 2015 December 16 December 22
December 2015 January 21, 2016 (Thursday) January 26, 2016



What is the data source for the Monthly Employment Report?


The data we publish come from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and economists at Employment Security. BLS surveys a sample of employers and households every month, and then our economists use information from the BLS surveys to estimate, analyze and report on Washington’s job market.


We provide current and historical employment data in Excel spreadsheets. Local economists are available to answer questions about the job market at the county level. Contact an economist in your area.



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