Labor force (LAUS)

Local area unemployment statistics (LAUS) are monthly estimates of the labor force, including employment, unemployment and unemployment rates statewide, by county and by metropolitan area. 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.  Alternate measures of labor underutilization are discussed here.

LAUS city estimates, with a population of 25,000 or more, are produced through a disaggregation technique using Census Bureau employment/population data and unemployment insurance (UI) claims counts.

The disaggregation technique is defined as the ratio of population, employment and UI claims counts in a subarea (e.g., city) to the total population, employment and UI claims counts in the larger area (e.g., county).  This disaggregation ratio is then applied to the current employment and unemployment estimates for the county to generate city employment and unemployment estimates.

This technique assumes that Census Bureau employment and population data is constant throughout the estimating year for both the city and county area. These estimates will be published monthly with the county numbers starting May 23rd.

Seasonally adjusted

Not seasonally adjusted

Additional reports are available for download in the report library.

2017 monthly employment report publication dates

Preliminary data
for month of
State and Seattle Metropolitan Division
numbers released
All other
county numbers released 
December 2016 January 19, 2017 (Thursday) January 24, 2017
January 2017 March 8 March 14
February 2017 March 22 March 28
March 2017 April 19 April 25
April 2017 May 17 May 23
May 2017 June 14 June 20
June 2017 July 19 July 25
July 2017 August 16 August 22
August 2017 September 13 September 19
September 2017 October 18 October 24
October 2016 November 15 November 21
November 2017 December 20 December 27
December 2017 January 17, 2018 (Wednesday) January 23, 2018