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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 by county, the number of people in Washington’s workforce and the number of people employed by industry and county. Open the current Monthly Employment Report (PDF 874 KB) or 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 one aspect 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 King-Snohomish counties are released in the second or third week of each month, and then data are published the following week for all other counties.



2014 Monthly Employment Report publication dates

Preliminary data for month of State and Seattle Metropolitan Division numbers released All other county numbers released 
December 2013 January 23, 2014 January 28, 2014
January 2014 March 05 March 11
February 2014 March 19 March 25
March 2014 April 16 April 22
April 2014 May 14 May 20
May 2014 June 18 June 24
June 2014 July 16 July 22
July 2014 August 13 August 19
August 2014 September 17 September 23
September 2014 October 15 October 21
October 2014 November 19 November 25
November 2014 December 17 December 23
December 2014 January 22, 2015 (Thursday) January 27, 2015



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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