Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in January 2010 at 10.2% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.4% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Washington 6.4% 0.0 -0.8

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in February 2010 at 360,412. There are now 140,703 fewer people unemployed in the state. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 219,709 -1,723 -30,068

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to February 2014

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 6.4% 219,709
January 2014 6.6% 6.4% 221,432
December 2013 6.7% 6.7% 230,213
November 2013 7.0% 6.8% 233,205
October 2013 7.2% 6.8% 236,514
September 2013 7.2% 6.9% 239,789
August 2013 7.2% 7.0% 242,525
July 2013 7.3% 7.0% 243,856
June 2013 7.5% 7.0% 243,930
May 2013 7.5% 7.0% 244,052
April 2013 7.5% 7.1% 245,004
March 2013 7.5% 7.1% 247,070