Seattle Area Keeps Steadily Adding Jobs

Let’s take another look at the Seattle area’s employment situation. First up, year-over-year job growth, broken down into a few relevant sectors: Big gains for construction and manufacturing, both up seven percent. Retail slipped into the red slightly, but the other sectors we track are all still showing gains on the year. Here’s a look […]

Seattle Employment Improving Faster than US and WA

By request from the comments on Friday’s post, here’s a look at just the Seattle area’s employment situation. First up, year-over-year job growth, broken down into a few relevant sectors: After getting hammered harder than every other industry during the housing bust, construction employment is showing the biggest gains in 2012. Every sector we track […]

Mapping Unemployment: Washington 15th Worst in USA

Wednesday afternoon the front page of the Seattle Times website featured the following story about how Washington State’s unemployment rate compares to other states: It’s no secret that the economy, in Washington and across the nation, is struggling. …Are we really doing that much worse than most everybody else? Pretty much, although some explanation is […]

Jobs: The bleeding has finally stopped.

It’s been a few months since we last checked in on Seattle’s employment stats, so let’s update our employment charts again. First up, year-over-year job growth, broken down into a few relevant sectors: For the first time since 2005, every sector we track is in the black year over year. The bleeding has finally stopped. […]

Big Picture 2011: Unemployment and Foreclosures

To close out the week, let’s take an updated look at a couple of factors that are continuing to drag the local housing market down: unemployment and foreclosures. From 1990 through 2006, the average unemployment rate in King County was 4.9%. The unemployment rate is currently 7.9% (61% higher than the 1990-2006 average). Over that […]

Construction and Real Estate Still Shedding Jobs

It’s been a while since we had a look at local job growth data, so let’s update those charts. First up, year-over-year job growth, broken down into a few relevant sectors: Finance, real estate, and construction are all still shedding jobs, despite a slight year-over-year uptick in overall employment data, which seems to be bouyed […]

Seattle Sees Job Growth, But Not in Real Estate Sectors

It’s been a while since we had a look at local job growth data, and now is as good a time as any to take a look at the latest data. First up, year-over-year job growth, broken down into a few relevant sectors: Finance, real estate, and construction are all still shedding jobs, while overall […]