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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.

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Unemployment rates

Chart of unemployment rates 5.3% 5.0% 5.7% 6.8% 7.0% 6.3% 6.2% 5.8% 5.8% 6.1% 6.0% 5.9% 6.0% 5.8% 6.8% 7.2% 7.0% 6.6% 6.6% 6.5% 6.4% 6.8% 6.8% 7.0% 6.9% 6.8% 7.5% 8.1% 8.3% 5.3% 5.0% 5.7% 6.8% 7.0% 6.3% 6.2% 5.8% 5.8% 6.1% 6.0% 5.9% 6.0% 5.8% 6.8% 7.2% 7.0% 6.6% 6.6% 6.5% 6.4% 6.8% 6.8% 7.0% 6.9% 6.8% 7.5% 8.1% 8.3%
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis


Nonfarm industry employment

Chart of nonfarm industry employment 3,179,000 3,151,800 3,126,000 3,103,200 3,096,400 3,127,000 3,134,200 3,130,600 3,109,900 3,093,600 3,091,700 3,085,600 3,067,500 3,041,400 3,023,600 3,005,300 2,997,700 3,035,300 3,044,400 3,037,100 3,021,100 3,003,900 3,002,100 3,009,900 2,997,900 2,968,200 2,946,800 2,932,400 2,914,000
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-15Revised Apr-15Revised May-14Apr-15 May-15May-14 May-15May-14 May-15 %
Civilian Labor Force3,545,4403,527,5603,472,30017,88073,1402.1%
  Unemployment Rate %5.3%5.0%6.0%0.3%-0.7%-11.7%
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-15Revised Apr-15Revised May-14Apr-15 May-15May-14 May-15May-14 May-15 %
Total Nonfarm3,179,0003,151,8003,067,50027,200111,500 3.6%
  Total Private2,607,5002,579,9002,507,50027,600100,000 4.0%
    Goods Producing471,900466,400449,0005,50022,900 5.1%
      Natural Resources and Mining5,7005,7006,1000-400 -6.6%
        Logging3,6003,6003,8000-200 -5.3%
      Construction175,100170,700155,7004,40019,400 12.5%
        Construction of buildings44,30042,70037,9001,6006,400 16.9%
        Heavy and civil engineering construction18,60018,20018,900400-300 -1.6%
        Specialty trade contractors112,200109,80098,9002,40013,300 13.4%
      Manufacturing291,100290,000287,2001,1003,900 1.4%
        Durable Goods210,500209,800209,600700900 0.4%
          Wood product manufacturing13,70013,50013,600200100 0.7%
            Sawmills and wood preservation6,7006,6006,500100200 3.1%
          Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing9,5009,4009,200100300 3.3%
          Fabricated metal product manufacturing20,10019,80019,800300300 1.5%
          Machinery manufacturing16,40016,30015,900100500 3.1%
          Computer and electronic product manufacturing20,00020,10020,000-1000
          Transportation equipment manufacturing100,400100,900103,300-500-2,900 -2.8%
            Aerospace product and parts manufacturing91,70092,00093,600-300-1,900 -2.0%
        Non-Durable Goods80,60080,20077,6004003,000 3.9%
          Food manufacturing35,70035,60035,200100500 1.4%
            Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty10,2009,80010,500400-300 -2.9%
          Petrol & Coal Products Mfg. & Plastics & Rubber Prods Mfg11,00010,90011,100100-100 -0.9%
          Paper manufacturing8,0008,0008,1000-100 -1.2%
          Printing and related support activities5,4005,4005,7000-300 -5.3%
    Service-Providing2,707,1002,685,4002,618,50021,70088,600 3.4%
        Trade, Transportation, and Utilities584,000575,300561,9008,70022,100 3.9%
          Wholesale Trade135,400133,000128,9002,4006,500 5.0%
            Merchant wholesalers, durable goods63,40062,60061,1008002,300 3.8%
            Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods46,60045,50044,5001,1002,100 4.7%
            Electronic markets and agents and brokers25,40024,90023,3005002,100 9.0%
          Retail Trade350,900345,600336,3005,30014,600 4.3%
            Motor vehicle and parts dealers41,50041,00039,8005001,700 4.3%
            Furniture and home furnishings stores9,6009,5009,500100100 1.1%
            Building material and garden supply stores29,20028,20028,6001,000600 2.1%
            Food and beverage stores65,20064,40063,5008001,700 2.7%
            Health and personal care stores16,90016,70016,300200600 3.7%
            Clothing and clothing accessories stores20,90021,20021,500-300-600 -2.8%
            General merchandise stores72,50072,10070,5004002,000 2.8%
          Transportation and Warehousing97,70096,70096,7001,0001,000 1.0%
            Utilities4,6004,7004,800-100-200 -4.2%
            Transportation and Warehousing93,10092,00091,9001,1001,200 1.3%
              Air transportation12,00011,80011,300200700 6.2%
              Truck transportation23,80023,60023,300200500 2.1%
              Support activities for transportation20,30020,30019,8000500 2.5%
              Warehousing and storage10,80010,80010,5000300 2.9%
        Information110,400109,700108,6007001,800 1.7%
          Software publishers53,50053,60055,000-100-1,500 -2.7%
        Financial Activities159,200158,100152,4001,1006,800 4.5%
          Finance and insurance102,100103,300102,400-1,200-300 -0.3%
            Credit intermediation and related activities39,90040,00040,100-100-200 -0.5%
            Insurance carriers and related activities50,50051,70050,000-1,200500 1.0%
          Real estate and rental and leasing57,10054,80050,0002,3007,100 14.2%
        Professional and Business Services386,800385,500367,3001,30019,500 5.3%
          Professional and technical services187,500190,300179,400-2,8008,100 4.5%
            Legal services20,60020,80020,200-200400 2.0%
            Accounting and bookkeeping services17,50019,00017,500-1,5000
            Architectural and engineering services36,20036,50034,200-3002,000 5.8%
            Computer systems design and related services48,10048,80045,200-7002,900 6.4%
          Management of companies and enterprises40,60040,30039,6003001,000 2.5%
          Administrative and waste services158,700154,900148,3003,80010,400 7.0%
            Administrative and support services144,500140,800134,4003,70010,100 7.5%
              Other Administrative Services92,50090,70088,8001,8003,700 4.2%
              Employment services52,00050,10045,6001,9006,400 14.0%
            Waste management and remediation services14,20014,10013,900100300 2.2%
        Education and Health Services470,800468,100454,7002,70016,100 3.5%
          Educational services61,10060,90057,8002003,300 5.7%
          Health care and social assistance409,700407,200396,9002,50012,800 3.2%
            Ambulatory health care services145,200145,200140,50004,700 3.3%
            Hospitals79,60079,40076,8002002,800 3.6%
            Nursing and residential care facilities63,50062,70063,400800100 0.2%
            Social assistance121,400119,900116,2001,5005,200 4.5%
        Leisure and Hospitality306,900299,600299,8007,3007,100 2.4%
          Arts, entertainment, and recreation49,60047,50047,7002,1001,900 4.0%
          Accommodation and food services257,300252,100252,1005,2005,200 2.1%
            Accommodation31,50029,60031,8001,900-300 -0.9%
            Food services and drinking places225,800222,500220,3003,3005,500 2.5%
        Other Services117,500117,200113,8003003,700 3.3%
          Repair and maintenance28,90028,80027,2001001,700 6.3%
          Personal and laundry services34,10033,80031,0003003,100 10.0%
          Membership associations and organizations54,50054,60055,600-100-1,100 -2.0%
      Government571,500571,900560,000-40011,500 2.1%
        Federal73,00072,40071,2006001,800 2.5%
        State government159,200161,600157,900-2,4001,300 0.8%
          State government educational services92,80094,80091,300-2,0001,500 1.6%
        Local government339,300337,900330,9001,4008,400 2.5%
          Local government educational services167,700167,700162,30005,400 3.3%
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.