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Labor Area Summary for King Country

Labor Area Summary for King Country

by Employment Security Department on January 14, 2020

Happy New Year!

Click on the following link for the most recent Labor Area Summary for King County.

In November 2019, the unemployment rate for King County dipped all the way down to 2.3 percent; the lowest rate we have seen since the start of this series (back to 1990).
Job growth seems to be picking up slightly and retail hiring is evident.


  • In November 2019, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in King County was 2.3 percent. This is down from 2.7 percent reported in October. Twelve months ago, the unemployment rate was 3.6 percent. This is noteworthy, as it is the lowest reported unemployment rate for King County in the current series for King County (dating back to 1990).
  • The King County labor force expanded by 3.3 percent over the year.
  • Nonfarm employment expanded by 3,600 from October to November 2019. There were an estimated 1,493,500 total nonfarm jobs in King County.
  • Seven of the major industries detailed in this report added jobs and five shed jobs from October to November on a not seasonally adjusted basis. The largest one-month gains were attributable to education and health services, and the deepest losses were observed in leisure and hospitality.
  • Total nonfarm employment in November 2019 was 44,500 above the level observed 12 months earlier. This represents a 3.1 percent increase in employment over the year.
  • Year-to-year growth was observed in almost every major industry detailed in this report. The largest gains were observed in information, education and health services, and professional and business services. The only major industry reporting annual employment losses was wholesale trade.