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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 5.5% 5.6% 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% 5.5% 5.6% 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 3,248,000 3,219,100 3,194,300 3,174,700 3,158,300 3,189,800 3,190,400 3,184,700 3,177,300 3,160,500 3,164,100 3,169,500 3,146,300 3,120,800 3,096,100 3,074,300 3,062,000 3,107,300 3,106,900 3,100,700 3,093,900 3,077,600 3,077,000 3,070,300 3,053,000 3,028,200 3,013,200 2,996,400 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 May-16Revised Apr-16Revised May-15Apr-16 May-16May-15 May-16May-15 May-16 %
Civilian Labor Force3,607,4043,609,4383,545,995-2,03461,4091.7%
  Unemployment Rate %5.5%5.6%5.6%-0.1%-0.1%-1.8%
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 May-16Revised Apr-16Revised May-15Apr-16 May-16May-15 May-16May-15 May-16 %
Total Nonfarm3,248,0003,219,1003,146,30028,900101,700 3.2%
  Total Private2,664,1002,637,5002,574,40026,60089,700 3.5%
    Goods Producing479,500472,300468,5007,20011,000 2.3%
      Natural Resources and Mining6,1005,9006,300200-200 -3.2%
        Logging3,6003,5003,900100-300 -7.7%
      Construction187,200181,600173,2005,60014,000 8.1%
        Construction of buildings48,40046,90043,0001,5005,400 12.6%
        Heavy and civil engineering construction19,30019,10019,600200-300 -1.5%
        Specialty trade contractors119,500115,600110,6003,9008,900 8.0%
      Manufacturing286,200284,800289,0001,400-2,800 -1.0%
        Durable Goods207,300207,300211,0000-3,700 -1.8%
          Wood product manufacturing13,10013,00013,500100-400 -3.0%
            Sawmills and wood preservation5,8005,8006,6000-800 -12.1%
          Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing9,6009,4009,400200200 2.1%
          Fabricated metal product manufacturing19,80019,80020,1000-300 -1.5%
          Machinery manufacturing15,10015,20015,900-100-800 -5.0%
          Computer and electronic product manufacturing20,30020,20019,800100500 2.5%
          Transportation equipment manufacturing101,000101,300103,900-300-2,900 -2.8%
            Aerospace product and parts manufacturing90,80091,00093,700-200-2,900 -3.1%
        Non-Durable Goods78,90077,50078,0001,400900 1.2%
          Food manufacturing34,50034,00035,000500-500 -1.4%
            Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty10,1009,80010,500300-400 -3.8%
          Petrol & Coal Products Mfg. & Plastics & Rubber Prods Mfg11,30011,20011,000100300 2.7%
          Paper manufacturing7,7007,7008,0000-300 -3.8%
          Printing and related support activities5,7005,7005,70000
    Service-Providing2,768,5002,746,8002,677,80021,70090,700 3.4%
        Trade, Transportation, and Utilities603,800599,400583,2004,40020,600 3.5%
          Wholesale Trade136,100136,000132,3001003,800 2.9%
            Merchant wholesalers, durable goods64,00064,60063,100-600900 1.4%
            Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods47,00046,30045,7007001,300 2.8%
            Electronic markets and agents and brokers25,10025,10023,50001,600 6.8%
          Retail Trade363,300359,300351,6004,00011,700 3.3%
            Motor vehicle and parts dealers42,50041,90041,700600800 1.9%
            Furniture and home furnishings stores9,7009,6009,600100100 1.0%
            Building material and garden supply stores30,80029,90029,900900900 3.0%
            Food and beverage stores69,10067,90065,8001,2003,300 5.0%
            Health and personal care stores16,90016,80017,300100-400 -2.3%
            Clothing and clothing accessories stores20,40020,80021,300-400-900 -4.2%
            General merchandise stores69,20069,60072,300-400-3,100 -4.3%
          Transportation and Warehousing104,400104,10099,3003005,100 5.1%
            Utilities5,1005,1004,7000400 8.5%
            Transportation and Warehousing99,30099,00094,6003004,700 5.0%
              Air transportation13,50013,30012,4002001,100 8.9%
              Truck transportation24,20024,40024,100-200100 0.4%
              Support activities for transportation20,50020,50020,2000300 1.5%
              Warehousing and storage11,10011,10010,6000500 4.7%
        Information118,500117,800112,7007005,800 5.1%
          Software publishers57,20056,90054,8003002,400 4.4%
        Financial Activities151,900149,900147,1002,0004,800 3.3%
          Finance and insurance98,10098,10095,70002,400 2.5%
            Credit intermediation and related activities40,40040,40039,8000600 1.5%
            Insurance carriers and related activities44,80044,60043,0002001,800 4.2%
          Real estate and rental and leasing53,80051,80051,4002,0002,400 4.7%
        Professional and Business Services404,300401,700385,5002,60018,800 4.9%
          Professional and technical services196,000196,400185,600-40010,400 5.6%
            Legal services21,10020,80020,1003001,000 5.0%
            Accounting and bookkeeping services20,40021,40018,900-1,0001,500 7.9%
            Architectural and engineering services35,30035,20034,600100700 2.0%
            Computer systems design and related services49,90049,60047,6003002,300 4.8%
          Management of companies and enterprises42,20042,00041,500200700 1.7%
          Administrative and waste services166,100163,300158,4002,8007,700 4.9%
            Administrative and support services151,600148,800143,6002,8008,000 5.6%
              Other Administrative Services96,20094,90092,2001,3004,000 4.3%
              Employment services55,40053,90051,4001,5004,000 7.8%
            Waste management and remediation services14,50014,50014,8000-300 -2.0%
        Education and Health Services463,700461,200450,0002,50013,700 3.0%
          Educational services60,40060,70059,000-3001,400 2.4%
          Health care and social assistance403,300400,500391,0002,80012,300 3.1%
            Ambulatory health care services148,400147,900144,8005003,600 2.5%
            Hospitals83,80083,30079,8005004,000 5.0%
            Nursing and residential care facilities63,30063,20062,700100600 1.0%
            Social assistance107,800106,100103,7001,7004,100 4.0%
        Leisure and Hospitality321,100315,600311,4005,5009,700 3.1%
          Arts, entertainment, and recreation49,20048,50048,2007001,000 2.1%
          Accommodation and food services271,900267,100263,2004,8008,700 3.3%
            Accommodation34,70033,70033,4001,0001,300 3.9%
            Food services and drinking places237,200233,400229,8003,8007,400 3.2%
        Other Services121,300119,600116,0001,7005,300 4.6%
          Repair and maintenance29,00029,30028,100-300900 3.2%
          Personal and laundry services33,40032,80032,3006001,100 3.4%
          Membership associations and organizations58,90057,50055,6001,4003,300 5.9%
      Government583,900581,600571,9002,30012,000 2.1%
        Federal74,40074,00072,8004001,600 2.2%
        State government163,900163,900161,20002,700 1.7%
          State government educational services96,60096,10094,8005001,800 1.9%
        Local government345,600343,700337,9001,9007,700 2.3%
          Local government educational services170,300170,000166,6003003,700 2.2%
Workers in Labor Management Disputes00000
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.