The unemployment number is the number of people ages 16 and over who are without a job but are actively looking for one. The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the entire civilian non-institutional labor force. The civilian labor force (the denominator) includes persons who are employed and those who are unemployed but looking for work. The state-level annual figures reported here for 2015 and earlier years are seasonally adjusted, and span 12 months.
**2015 data are preliminary and subject to change**
The data used for this measure are based on annual averages of monthly data obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS) Subnational sample and available at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Data were retrieved on June 22, 2016 from http://www.bls.gov/lau/#ex14.
Data used for unemployment rates in 2015 are preliminary. BLS states that 2015 unemployment rates are also from the Current Population Survey (CPS). Because the data are preliminary, rates will differ from the final table, but it is expected that the data will be little changed.
CPS estimates are based on a sample of the population. Due to differing methodologies, CPS estimates may differ from annual average employment and unemployment estimates produced through the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.
Data last updated in June 2016 by Washington KIDS COUNT.
The Current Population Survey (CPS) often revises previous estimates. Data are updated accordingly on this website. Therefore, figures presented here may be different from figures presented elsewhere.