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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area Employment Analysis

( Data Date : April 2019 )

Washington Employment Data

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Washington has a diverse economy. The most vulnerable industries are tourism, mining, and agriculture. Productivity improvement, policy changes and technological innovation have heavily influenced employment in software publishing, healthcare related industries and wholesale electronic markets. The occupational groups likely to experience the fastest growth rates in the future are construction and extraction, followed by computer and mathematical, legal and healthcare support occupations. (Source: Washington Employment Security Department)




State/Metropolitan Employment Data:

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area Unemployment Rate Trends (% change)


  • The unemployment rate in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, metro area was 3.4% in April 2019, 0.7% lower than last month, and lower by 0.2% from a year ago.

  • Compared to national and state unemployment rates, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, metro area unemployment rate in April 2019 was lower by 0.2% than the U.S. rate of 3.6%, and lower by 1.1% than the Washington state unemployment rate of 4.5%.

  • Total employment in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, metro area increased by 4.2% (18444 more persons employed) over the past quarter, and increased by 3.6% ( 1538457 less ) over the past year.

  • The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, metro area has an employable civilian labor force (employed + unemployed persons age 16 and older) of 2,149,021 persons.

  • The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, metro area labor force shrunk by 1.3% (32533 persons) over the past quarter, and shrunk by 2.7% (35477 persons) over the past year.

  • Current Rate
    Last Year
    Last QTR
    Last Month
    Difference Since Last Quarter
    3.4%
    + 3.6%
    + 4.2%
    + 4.1%
    + 18444


    %96.59 of the Total Labor Force is Employed.


    Employment information is based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    Graphs and charts are based on monthly data from 2000 to present (BLS reports monthly data a month to six weeks after the close of each month).

    The data MuniNet Guide uses and presents is seasonally adjusted.