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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.

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Unemployment rates


Chart of unemployment rates 6.9% 7.3% 6.9% 6.6% 6.5% 6.5% 6.4% 6.8% 6.8% 7.1% 6.9% 6.7% 7.5% 8.0% 8.3% 7.5% 7.1% 7.1% 7.3% 8.0% 8.2% 8.2% 8.2% 7.9% 8.8% 9.3% 9.2% 6.9% 7.3% 6.9% 6.6% 6.5% 6.5% 6.4% 6.8% 6.8% 7.1% 6.9% 6.7% 7.5% 8.0% 8.3% 7.5% 7.1% 7.1% 7.3% 8.0% 8.2% 8.2% 8.2% 7.9% 8.8% 9.3% 9.2%
YearJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
20129.2%9.3%8.8%7.9%8.2%8.2%8.2%8.0%7.3%7.1%7.1%7.5%
20138.3%8.0%7.5%6.7%6.9%7.1%6.8%6.8%6.4%6.5%6.5%6.6%
20146.9%7.3%6.9%         
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis

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Nonfarm industry employment


Chart of nonfarm industry employment 3,005,300 2,988,700 2,976,100 3,017,700 3,024,500 3,027,200 3,019,500 3,002,400 3,001,300 3,007,300 2,995,400 2,965,900 2,944,400 2,930,000 2,911,500 2,959,200 2,972,400 2,967,700 2,945,700 2,931,000 2,934,000 2,947,900 2,928,000 2,899,800 2,878,000 2,856,300 2,841,600
YearJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
20122,841,6002,856,3002,878,0002,899,8002,928,0002,947,9002,934,0002,931,0002,945,7002,967,7002,972,4002,959,200
20132,911,5002,930,0002,944,4002,965,9002,995,4003,007,3003,001,3003,002,4003,019,5003,027,2003,024,5003,017,700
20142,976,1002,988,7003,005,300         
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis

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Employment and unemployment


Employment and unemployment, not seasonally adjusted, in
Washington State
Change
Labor force classification
(place of residence)
Preliminary Mar-14Revised Feb-14Revised Mar-13Feb-14 Mar-14Mar-13 Mar-14Mar-13 Mar-14 %
Civilian Labor Force3,475,2403,468,3303,461,5106,91013,7300.4%
  Employment3,235,7103,216,5603,203,49019,15032,2201.0%
  Unemployment239,530251,770258,020-12,240-18,490-7.2%
  Unemployment Rate %6.9%7.3%7.5%-0.4%-0.6%-8.0%
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis

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Total nonfarm employment




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Total nonfarm employment, not seasonally adjusted, in
Washington State
Change
NAICS industry title
(place of work)
Preliminary Mar-14Revised Feb-14Revised Mar-13Feb-14 Mar-14Mar-13 Mar-14Mar-13 Mar-14 %
Total Nonfarm3,005,3002,988,7002,944,40016,60060,900 2.1%
  Total Private2,449,9002,434,4002,393,60015,50056,300 2.4%
    Goods Producing434,600429,200429,1005,4005,500 1.3%
      Natural Resources and Mining6,0006,0005,8000200 3.4%
        Logging3,8003,9003,700-100100 2.7%
      Construction145,200142,100139,8003,1005,400 3.9%
        Construction of buildings35,50035,70034,400-2001,100 3.2%
        Heavy and civil engineering construction16,30015,60017,000700-700 -4.1%
        Specialty trade contractors93,40090,80088,4002,6005,000 5.7%
      Manufacturing283,400281,100283,5002,300-100 0.0%
        Durable Goods209,600208,100209,3001,500300 0.1%
          Wood product manufacturing12,80012,80012,9000-100 -0.8%
            Sawmills and wood preservation6,5006,5006,50000
          Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing9,2009,1008,700100500 5.7%
          Fabricated metal product manufacturing20,40020,00018,9004001,500 7.9%
          Machinery manufacturing15,00014,90014,700100300 2.0%
          Computer and electronic product manufacturing20,20020,20020,1000100 0.5%
          Transportation equipment manufacturing103,900103,800106,900100-3,000 -2.8%
            Aerospace product and parts manufacturing93,90093,90096,8000-2,900 -3.0%
        Non-Durable Goods73,80073,00074,200800-400 -0.5%
          Food manufacturing34,50034,50033,7000800 2.4%
            Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty9,7009,7009,5000200 2.1%
          Petrol & Coal Products Mfg. & Plastics & Rubber Prods Mfg10,90010,80010,700100200 1.9%
          Paper manufacturing8,0008,0008,1000-100 -1.2%
          Printing and related support activities5,3005,3005,5000-200 -3.6%
    Service-Providing2,570,7002,559,5002,515,30011,20055,400 2.2%
        Trade, Transportation, and Utilities550,500549,100534,4001,40016,100 3.0%
          Wholesale Trade127,800127,800125,00002,800 2.2%
            Merchant wholesalers, durable goods62,20062,30060,200-1002,000 3.3%
            Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods42,90043,00043,100-100-200 -0.5%
            Electronic markets and agents and brokers22,70022,50021,7002001,000 4.6%
          Retail Trade328,900328,100317,80080011,100 3.5%
            Motor vehicle and parts dealers38,20037,90037,400300800 2.1%
            Furniture and home furnishings stores9,4009,5009,500-100-100 -1.1%
            Building material and garden supply stores26,90026,60025,8003001,100 4.3%
            Food and beverage stores62,70063,40061,900-700800 1.3%
            Health and personal care stores15,80015,90016,100-100-300 -1.9%
            Clothing and clothing accessories stores21,10021,00021,400100-300 -1.4%
            General merchandise stores68,20068,40068,600-200-400 -0.6%
          Transportation and Warehousing93,80093,20091,6006002,200 2.4%
            Utilities4,7004,7004,8000-100 -2.1%
            Transportation and Warehousing89,10088,50086,8006002,300 2.6%
              Air transportation11,20011,20010,7000500 4.7%
              Truck transportation23,20022,20022,2001,0001,000 4.5%
              Support activities for transportation17,90017,90018,1000-200 -1.1%
              Warehousing and storage10,70010,70010,8000-100 -0.9%
        Information107,300107,500104,500-2002,800 2.7%
          Software publishers54,10054,00052,6001001,500 2.9%
        Financial Activities150,200150,900148,000-7002,200 1.5%
          Finance and insurance101,000101,700100,300-700700 0.7%
            Credit intermediation and related activities40,90041,10042,000-200-1,100 -2.6%
            Insurance carriers and related activities47,90048,40046,600-5001,300 2.8%
          Real estate and rental and leasing49,20049,20047,70001,500 3.1%
        Professional and Business Services364,100359,700354,1004,40010,000 2.8%
          Professional and technical services176,900176,900175,00001,900 1.1%
            Legal services21,00020,90021,0001000
            Accounting and bookkeeping services19,70019,40019,900300-200 -1.0%
            Architectural and engineering services35,50035,70034,100-2001,400 4.1%
            Computer systems design and related services42,90042,50040,9004002,000 4.9%
          Management of companies and enterprises38,80038,80038,4000400 1.0%
          Administrative and waste services148,400144,000140,7004,4007,700 5.5%
            Administrative and support services134,600130,200126,6004,4008,000 6.3%
              Other Administrative Services85,90083,20083,3002,7002,600 3.1%
              Employment services48,70047,00043,3001,7005,400 12.5%
            Waste management and remediation services13,80013,80014,1000-300 -2.1%
        Education and Health Services447,800446,900438,6009009,200 2.1%
          Educational services57,60057,80056,100-2001,500 2.7%
          Health care and social assistance390,200389,100382,5001,1007,700 2.0%
            Ambulatory health care services138,300137,700136,5006001,800 1.3%
            Hospitals77,50077,50076,10001,400 1.8%
            Nursing and residential care facilities63,50063,10061,6004001,900 3.1%
            Social assistance110,900110,800108,3001002,600 2.4%
        Leisure and Hospitality284,300279,900275,3004,4009,000 3.3%
          Arts, entertainment, and recreation44,60044,30044,200300400 0.9%
          Accommodation and food services239,700235,600231,1004,1008,600 3.7%
            Accommodation29,90029,80029,400100500 1.7%
            Food services and drinking places209,800205,800201,7004,0008,100 4.0%
        Other Services111,100111,200109,600-1001,500 1.4%
          Repair and maintenance27,40026,90026,0005001,400 5.4%
          Personal and laundry services30,00030,40029,800-400200 0.7%
          Membership associations and organizations53,70053,90053,800-200-100 -0.2%
      Government555,400554,300550,8001,1004,600 0.8%
        Federal69,50069,20071,900300-2,400 -3.3%
        State government155,800156,900155,200-1,100600 0.4%
          State government educational services90,20090,80088,700-6001,500 1.7%
        Local government330,100328,200323,7001,9006,400 2.0%
          Local government educational services163,300162,100160,0001,2003,300 2.1%
Workers in Labor Management Disputes00000
Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Performance Analysis Branch

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MD = Metropolitan Division

MSA = Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area

* = County not available separately from MSA

Glossary


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 per