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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.

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Unemployment rates

Chart of unemployment rates 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% 5.7% 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 3,124,500 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 Mar-15Revised Feb-15Revised Mar-14Feb-15 Mar-15Mar-14 Mar-15Mar-14 Mar-15 %
Civilian Labor Force3,543,9903,550,3103,476,060-6,32067,9302.0%
  Unemployment Rate %5.7%6.8%6.8%-1.1%-1.1%-16.2%
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis


Total nonfarm employment

Click on a column heading in the table below to sort the column either in ascending order or in descending order.
Total nonfarm employment, not seasonally adjusted, in
Washington State
NAICS industry title
(place of work)
Preliminary Mar-15Revised Feb-15Revised Mar-14Feb-15 Mar-15Mar-14 Mar-15Mar-14 Mar-15 %
Total Nonfarm3,124,5003,103,2003,023,60021,300100,900 3.3%
  Total Private2,557,3002,538,3002,468,40019,00088,900 3.6%
    Goods Producing464,400459,700441,1004,70023,300 5.3%
      Natural Resources and Mining5,7005,8006,100-100-400 -6.6%
        Logging3,6003,7003,900-100-300 -7.7%
      Construction168,900164,100150,4004,80018,500 12.3%
        Construction of buildings43,00041,70037,7001,3005,300 14.1%
        Heavy and civil engineering construction17,80016,90017,700900100 0.6%
        Specialty trade contractors108,100105,50095,0002,60013,100 13.8%
      Manufacturing289,800289,800284,60005,200 1.8%
        Durable Goods210,600210,200208,7004001,900 0.9%
          Wood product manufacturing13,50013,40013,300100200 1.5%
            Sawmills and wood preservation6,6006,6006,60000
          Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing9,2009,1008,900100300 3.4%
          Fabricated metal product manufacturing19,90019,80019,500100400 2.1%
          Machinery manufacturing16,30016,30015,6000700 4.5%
          Computer and electronic product manufacturing20,30020,20020,100100200 1.0%
          Transportation equipment manufacturing101,500102,400103,600-900-2,100 -2.0%
            Aerospace product and parts manufacturing92,40092,70093,700-300-1,300 -1.4%
        Non-Durable Goods79,20079,60075,900-4003,300 4.3%
          Food manufacturing35,30036,20034,000-9001,300 3.8%
            Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty9,6009,7009,500-100100 1.1%
          Petrol & Coal Products Mfg. & Plastics & Rubber Prods Mfg10,80010,80011,0000-200 -1.8%
          Paper manufacturing7,9007,9008,0000-100 -1.3%
          Printing and related support activities5,4005,4005,6000-200 -3.6%
    Service-Providing2,660,1002,643,5002,582,50016,60077,600 3.0%
        Trade, Transportation, and Utilities570,600570,200552,90040017,700 3.2%
          Wholesale Trade130,900130,500127,7004003,200 2.5%
            Merchant wholesalers, durable goods62,70062,10060,7006002,000 3.3%
            Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods44,50044,60043,500-1001,000 2.3%
            Electronic markets and agents and brokers23,70023,80023,500-100200 0.9%
          Retail Trade342,500342,300330,60020011,900 3.6%
            Motor vehicle and parts dealers40,80040,00038,7008002,100 5.4%
            Furniture and home furnishings stores9,6009,7009,600-1000
            Building material and garden supply stores27,20026,10026,7001,100500 1.9%
            Food and beverage stores64,10064,10062,80001,300 2.1%
            Health and personal care stores16,70016,70016,3000400 2.5%
            Clothing and clothing accessories stores20,90021,50021,600-600-700 -3.2%
            General merchandise stores71,80071,90069,800-1002,000 2.9%
          Transportation and Warehousing97,20097,40094,600-2002,600 2.7%
            Utilities4,7004,6004,800100-100 -2.1%
            Transportation and Warehousing92,50092,80089,800-3002,700 3.0%
              Air transportation11,60011,50010,700100900 8.4%
              Truck transportation23,80023,80023,0000800 3.5%
              Support activities for transportation20,00019,60019,700400300 1.5%
              Warehousing and storage10,80010,80010,3000500 4.9%
        Information109,500110,000107,300-5002,200 2.1%
          Software publishers53,70053,50054,700200-1,000 -1.8%
        Financial Activities156,100156,100151,40004,700 3.1%
          Finance and insurance103,300103,400102,600-100700 0.7%
            Credit intermediation and related activities39,70039,70040,4000-700 -1.7%
            Insurance carriers and related activities51,70051,60050,1001001,600 3.2%
          Real estate and rental and leasing52,80052,70048,8001004,000 8.2%
        Professional and Business Services380,800374,500363,1006,30017,700 4.9%
          Professional and technical services187,500186,200180,5001,3007,000 3.9%
            Legal services20,60020,20020,400400200 1.0%
            Accounting and bookkeeping services18,90019,10020,400-200-1,500 -7.4%
            Architectural and engineering services35,50035,30034,0002001,500 4.4%
            Computer systems design and related services48,80048,40044,2004004,600 10.4%
          Management of companies and enterprises40,10040,00039,300100800 2.0%
          Administrative and waste services153,200148,300143,3004,9009,900 6.9%
            Administrative and support services139,100134,200129,4004,9009,700 7.5%
              Other Administrative Services89,10085,50085,0003,6004,100 4.8%
              Employment services50,00048,70044,4001,3005,600 12.6%
            Waste management and remediation services14,10014,10013,9000200 1.4%
        Education and Health Services465,900462,500452,7003,40013,200 2.9%
          Educational services60,80060,10059,0007001,800 3.1%
          Health care and social assistance405,100402,400393,7002,70011,400 2.9%
            Ambulatory health care services145,400143,900139,8001,5005,600 4.0%
            Hospitals79,20078,90077,6003001,600 2.1%
            Nursing and residential care facilities62,80062,80062,3000500 0.8%
            Social assistance117,700116,800114,0009003,700 3.2%
        Leisure and Hospitality293,200290,700287,3002,5005,900 2.1%
          Arts, entertainment, and recreation46,00046,80045,900-800100 0.2%
          Accommodation and food services247,200243,900241,4003,3005,800 2.4%
            Accommodation30,00028,70029,5001,300500 1.7%
            Food services and drinking places217,200215,200211,9002,0005,300 2.5%
        Other Services116,800114,600112,6002,2004,200 3.7%
          Repair and maintenance29,10028,50027,1006002,000 7.4%
          Personal and laundry services33,30032,60030,5007002,800 9.2%
          Membership associations and organizations54,40053,50055,000900-600 -1.1%
      Government567,200564,900555,2002,30012,000 2.2%
        Federal71,30071,10070,3002001,000 1.4%
        State government160,100160,800157,100-7003,000 1.9%
          State government educational services94,50094,50090,80003,700 4.1%
        Local government335,800333,000327,8002,8008,000 2.4%
          Local government educational services167,300165,800162,1001,5005,200 3.2%
Workers in Labor Management Disputes20020000200
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.