BLS estimates from August 2011 to August 2012 show a total job gain of 52,700 for the state. Over the year, the private sector added an estimated 57,700 jobs, while the public sector lost an estimated 5,000 jobs.
One-month employment change by industry in Washington State.Based on a BLS survey of businesses, Washington lost an estimated 1,100 jobs over the month, on a seasonally adjusted basis:
- Overall, seven sectors expanded in August, while six contracted.
- Private-sector employment is estimated to have fallen by 1,400, while government employment rose by an estimated 300 jobs.
- The manufacturing sector added an estimated 1,500 jobs. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing accounted for 700 of the increase.
- Retail trade employment declined by an estimated 1,600 jobs in August. The largest decline within retail trade came from general merchandise stores.
- Wholesale trade employment fell by 2,600 jobs over the month. Merchant wholesaler employment in nondurable goods declined by 900 jobs, 800 among durable goods wholesalers and 900 in the electronic markets and agents and brokers segment.
- Education and health services employment increased by 500. The number of education-based jobs was up 400 while health services jobs increased by 100.
- State government dropped by an estimated 1,000 jobs over the month. Local government employment declined by 300, while federal government employment increased by 1,800.