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Labor area summaries

Labor area summaries provide labor market information for metropolitan areas and counties in Washington state. We refresh these data once a month, following a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics schedule. View the schedule on the Monthly Employment Report page. Labor market information at the state and county level can also be found at:

Beginning in January 2015, the Pend Oreille and Stevens County nonfarm employment data will be combined with the Spokane MSA data and not shown seperately. Columbia County nonfarm employment data will be combined with the Walla Walla MSA data.

For more information or analysis of local labor markets, contact an economist.

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Unemployment rates

Chart of unemployment rates 6.0% 6.3% 6.5% 5.9% 5.7% 5.3% 5.2% 5.4% 5.5% 5.4% 5.6% 5.2% 5.8% 6.3% 6.5% 5.9% 6.0% 5.6% 5.6% 6.0% 6.0% 5.8% 6.0% 5.7% 6.7% 7.2% 7.0% 6.0% 6.3% 6.5% 5.9% 5.7% 5.3% 5.2% 5.4% 5.5% 5.4% 5.6% 5.2% 5.8% 6.3% 6.5% 5.9% 6.0% 5.6% 5.6% 6.0% 6.0% 5.8% 6.0% 5.7% 6.7% 7.2% 7.0%
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis


Nonfarm industry employment

Chart of nonfarm industry employment 3,204,300 3,183,500 3,167,100 3,198,600 3,205,600 3,196,700 3,183,600 3,166,200 3,169,500 3,178,600 3,156,400 3,130,500 3,106,100 3,084,400 3,072,200 3,118,000 3,116,500 3,109,200 3,101,500 3,083,700 3,081,400 3,076,700 3,058,300 3,032,900 3,016,300 2,998,100 2,990,500
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis


Employment and unemployment

Employment and unemployment, not seasonally adjusted, in
Washington State
Labor force classification
(place of residence)
Preliminary Mar-16Revised Feb-16Revised Mar-15Feb-16 Mar-16Mar-15 Mar-16Mar-15 Mar-16 %
Civilian Labor Force3,622,5973,615,8583,526,6576,73995,9402.7%
  Unemployment Rate %6.0%6.3%5.8%-0.3%0.2%3.4%
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis


Total nonfarm employment

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Total nonfarm employment, not seasonally adjusted, in
Washington State
NAICS industry title
(place of work)
Preliminary Mar-16Revised Feb-16Revised Mar-15Feb-16 Mar-16Mar-15 Mar-16Mar-15 Mar-16 %
Total Nonfarm3,204,3003,183,5003,106,10020,80098,200 3.2%
  Total Private2,627,1002,609,4002,539,50017,70087,600 3.4%
    Goods Producing468,500464,600460,5003,9008,000 1.7%
      Natural Resources and Mining5,6005,6006,2000-600 -9.7%
        Logging3,4003,5003,900-100-500 -12.8%
      Construction177,100174,100166,2003,00010,900 6.6%
        Construction of buildings45,60045,90042,000-3003,600 8.6%
        Heavy and civil engineering construction16,80016,30017,900500-1,100 -6.1%
        Specialty trade contractors114,700111,900106,3002,8008,400 7.9%
      Manufacturing285,800284,900288,100900-2,300 -0.8%
        Durable Goods208,600208,500210,600100-2,000 -0.9%
          Wood product manufacturing12,70012,90013,300-200-600 -4.5%
            Sawmills and wood preservation6,1006,2006,600-100-500 -7.6%
          Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing9,1009,0009,300100-200 -2.2%
          Fabricated metal product manufacturing20,10020,00019,900100200 1.0%
          Machinery manufacturing15,50015,40016,000100-500 -3.1%
          Computer and electronic product manufacturing20,20020,20019,9000300 1.5%
          Transportation equipment manufacturing102,500102,700104,000-200-1,500 -1.4%
            Aerospace product and parts manufacturing91,80091,90094,100-100-2,300 -2.4%
        Non-Durable Goods77,20076,40077,500800-300 -0.4%
          Food manufacturing33,90033,90034,8000-900 -2.6%
            Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty9,80010,00010,200-200-400 -3.9%
          Petrol & Coal Products Mfg. & Plastics & Rubber Prods Mfg10,90010,90010,8000100 0.9%
          Paper manufacturing7,8007,7008,100100-300 -3.7%
          Printing and related support activities5,7005,6005,600100100 1.8%
    Service-Providing2,735,8002,718,9002,645,60016,90090,200 3.4%
        Trade, Transportation, and Utilities598,500593,700574,8004,80023,700 4.1%
          Wholesale Trade136,000134,100130,8001,9005,200 4.0%
            Merchant wholesalers, durable goods64,60064,20062,6004002,000 3.2%
            Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods46,30045,80044,8005001,500 3.3%
            Electronic markets and agents and brokers25,10024,10023,4001,0001,700 7.3%
          Retail Trade359,700358,000344,8001,70014,900 4.3%
            Motor vehicle and parts dealers42,10041,70040,6004001,500 3.7%
            Furniture and home furnishings stores10,00010,0009,6000400 4.2%
            Building material and garden supply stores28,10027,30028,1008000
            Food and beverage stores66,10065,50064,5006001,600 2.5%
            Health and personal care stores17,90018,10017,300-200600 3.5%
            Clothing and clothing accessories stores22,20022,80021,400-600800 3.7%
            General merchandise stores73,00072,70071,1003001,900 2.7%
          Transportation and Warehousing102,800101,60099,2001,2003,600 3.6%
            Utilities5,1005,0004,700100400 8.5%
            Transportation and Warehousing97,70096,60094,5001,1003,200 3.4%
              Air transportation12,80012,80011,9000900 7.6%
              Truck transportation25,10024,80023,6003001,500 6.4%
              Support activities for transportation20,40020,30020,000100400 2.0%
              Warehousing and storage11,00010,90010,700100300 2.8%
        Information118,900118,500111,0004007,900 7.1%
          Software publishers57,10056,90054,5002002,600 4.8%
        Financial Activities149,300149,500145,400-2003,900 2.7%
          Finance and insurance96,80097,20095,200-4001,600 1.7%
            Credit intermediation and related activities39,90040,10039,800-200100 0.3%
            Insurance carriers and related activities43,70043,60042,900100800 1.9%
          Real estate and rental and leasing52,50052,30050,2002002,300 4.6%
        Professional and Business Services396,300391,500379,2004,80017,100 4.5%
          Professional and technical services194,100192,800186,0001,3008,100 4.4%
            Legal services20,40019,90020,100500300 1.5%
            Accounting and bookkeeping services22,80022,90021,300-1001,500 7.0%
            Architectural and engineering services35,50035,50034,50001,000 2.9%
            Computer systems design and related services49,00049,50046,600-5002,400 5.2%
          Management of companies and enterprises43,50043,20041,1003002,400 5.8%
          Administrative and waste services158,700155,500152,1003,2006,600 4.3%
            Administrative and support services144,400141,000137,5003,4006,900 5.0%
              Other Administrative Services94,20091,30089,4002,9004,800 5.4%
              Employment services50,20049,70048,1005002,100 4.4%
            Waste management and remediation services14,30014,50014,600-200-300 -2.1%
        Education and Health Services467,100468,200458,100-1,1009,000 2.0%
          Educational services59,30060,00059,300-7000
          Health care and social assistance407,800408,200398,800-4009,000 2.3%
            Ambulatory health care services149,400150,200143,600-8005,800 4.0%
            Hospitals83,30083,20079,2001004,100 5.2%
            Nursing and residential care facilities63,20064,20061,400-1,0001,800 2.9%
            Social assistance111,900110,600114,6001,300-2,700 -2.4%
        Leisure and Hospitality310,700306,800296,4003,90014,300 4.8%
          Arts, entertainment, and recreation48,50048,50044,50004,000 9.0%
          Accommodation and food services262,200258,300251,9003,90010,300 4.1%
            Accommodation32,40031,30030,8001,1001,600 5.2%
            Food services and drinking places229,800227,000221,1002,8008,700 3.9%
        Other Services117,800116,600114,1001,2003,700 3.2%
          Repair and maintenance29,80029,80027,50002,300 8.4%
          Personal and laundry services32,40031,90031,4005001,000 3.2%
          Membership associations and organizations55,60054,90055,200700400 0.7%
      Government577,200574,100566,6003,10010,600 1.9%
        Federal73,20072,90071,7003001,500 2.1%
        State government161,500161,000161,5005000
          State government educational services95,00094,70094,900300100 0.1%
        Local government342,500340,200333,4002,3009,100 2.7%
          Local government educational services169,700168,500165,9001,2003,800 2.3%
Workers in Labor Management Disputes002000-200 -100.0%
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis Branch


MD = Metropolitan Division

MSA = Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area

* = County not available separately from MSA


Employment (Current Population Survey)
Persons 16 years and over in the civilian noninstitutional population who, during the reference week, (a) did any work at all (at least 1 hour) as paid employees; worked in their own business, profession, or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family; and (b) all those who were not working but who had jobs or businesses from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity or paternity leave, labor-management dispute, job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person is counted only once, even if he or she holds more than one job. Excluded are persons whose only activity consisted of work around their own house (painting, repairing, or own home housework) or volunteer work for religious, charitable, and other organizations.

Labor force (Current Population Survey)
The labor force includes all persons classified as employed or unemployed in accordance with the definitions contained in this glossary.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
The successor to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system; this system of classifying business establishments is being adopted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Not seasonally adjusted
This term is used to describe data series that have not been subjected to the seasonal adjustment process. In other words, the effects of regular or seasonal patterns have not been removed from these series.

Total nonfarm employment (Current Employment Statistics)
Employment is the total number of persons on establishment payrolls employed full or part time who received pay for any part of the pay period which includes the 12th day of the month. Temporary and intermittent employees are included, as are any workers who are on paid sick leave, on paid holiday, or who work during only part of the specified pay period. A striking worker who only works a small portion of the survey period, and is paid, would be included as employed under the CES definitions. Persons on the payroll of more than one establishment are counted in each establishment. Data exclude proprietors, self-employed, unpaid family or volunteer workers, farm workers, and domestic workers. Persons on layoff the entire pay period, on leave without pay, on strike for the entire period or who have not yet reported for work are not counted as employed. Government employment covers only civilian workers. With the release of NAICS-based estimates in June 2003, the scope and definition of Federal Government employment estimates changed due to a change in source data and estimation methods. The previous series was an end-of-month federal employee count produced by the Office of Personnel Management, and it excluded some workers, mostly employees who work in Department of Defense-owned establishments such as military base commissaries. Beginning in June 2003, the CES national series began to include these workers. Also, Federal Government employment is now estimated from a sample of Federal establishments, is benchmarked annually to counts from unemployment insurance tax records, and reflects employee counts as of the pay period including the 12th of the month, consistent with other CES industry series. The historical time series for Federal Government employment was revised to reflect these changes.

Unemployment (Current Population Survey)
Persons aged 16 years and older who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed.

Unemployment rate
The unemployment rate represents the number unemployed as a percent of the labor force.