Every month, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surveys households to learn whether residents are employed or unemployed and looking for work. The survey does not count people who have stopped looking for work. We use these survey data to create local unemployment estimates. These estimates are included in our Monthly Employment Report.
How often are the statistics updated?
We publish employment and unemployment data each month, based on a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) schedule. Statewide data and data for King and Snohomish counties are released in the second or third week of each month, then data are published the following week for all other counties. View the schedule
on the Monthly Employment Report page. BLS notice: Due to the methodological and geographic changes to the sub-state data series, the seasonally adjusted data will not be available for a few months. Washington state and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett MD data will continue to be published monthly. For more information see bls.gov/lau/metrossa
Do you have data for individual cities?
We provide data for counties and the metropolitan statistical areas shown on the data spreadsheets. BLS publishes unemployment data for cities
with a population of 25,000 or more.
Local economists are available to answer questions about the job market at the county level. Contact an economist
in your area.