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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.



2016 Monthly Employment Report publication dates

Preliminary data for month of State and Seattle Metropolitan Division numbers released All other county numbers released 
December 2015 January 21, 2016 (Thursday) January 26, 2016
January 2016 March 9 March 15
February 2016 March 23 March 29
March 2016 April 13 April 19
April 2016 May 18 May 24
May 2016 June 15 June 21
June 2016 July 20 July 26
July 2016 August 17 August 23
August 2016 September 14 September 20
September 2016 October 19 October 25
October 2016 November 16 November 22
November 2016 December 14 December 20
December 2016 January 19, 2017 (Thursday) January 24, 2017



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. We also publish in the report alternate measures of labor underutilization (U6) discussed here. 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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