Washington Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 3,705,964 employed workers
  • 179,491 unemployed workers
  • 4.6% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for Washington is 3,509,600, which is 13,400 greater than last month, an increase of 0.38%. The total employment a year ago was 3,407,200, which is 102,400 lower than today. Employment has increased by 3.01% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 3,496 from 3,496.

The Trade, Transport and Utilities sectors are the leading employers in Washington. There are 647,400 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 647,500 employees last month, a decrease of 100 (0.02%). Last year the sector had 637,100 employees last year, an increase of 10,300 (1.62%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:


In the month of July, 2019 the average hours worked was 42.4, this was a decrease from last month, which averaged 43.1 hours. This represents a change of 1.6%. Average hourly wages for the month were $29.36 per hour, which translates to $1.00 per week. Hourly wages increased over the last month from $28.84 per hour an increase of 1.8%. Weekly wages decreased over the last month from $1.00 per week a decrease of 0.0%.

A year ago, the average hours worked was 41.5 hourse per week, which is an increase of 2.2%. Hourly wages have increased over the last year from $28.12 per hour, an increase of 4.4%. Weekly wages have increased over the last year from $1.00 per week, an increase of 0.0%.

The chart below illustrates the average monthly wages:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 4.6% to this months' 4.6%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 4.4%, 0.2% higher today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 3,885,455, which is 0.2% higher than last months 3,878,853 and is 0.2% higher than last years 3,791,927. The total number of unemployed in Washington is 179,491 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 179,380 and 167,340 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in Washington:

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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.