Washington Employment Statistics

  • 248,759 employers
  • 3,374,998 employees
  • $1,272 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 15.5% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 9.5% above the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Washington Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 24,550 more businesses
  • 538,715 more employees
  • 19.0% increase in total wages
  • $18,683 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 39.4% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Washington Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: King County Washington, 86,931
County with the Most Employees: King County Washington, 1,187,306
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: King County Washington, $1,597
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Ferry County Washington, 15.2%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Washington, see: Washington Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Washington see:Washington Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

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

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Washington, see: Washington Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 251,318 employers, up 0.8% from 249,207
  • 3,450,009 employees, up 2.0% from 3,382,374
  • $1,288 average weekly wage, up 5.9% from $1,216
  • The average weekly wage is 17.6% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.7% above the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Washington, see: Washington Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

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.