Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in June 2017 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in November 2009 at 10.4% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to June 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in December 2009 at 367,082. There are now 199,161 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 166,902 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,019. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 167,921 +1,019 -33,178

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to June 2017

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
June 2017 4.4% 4.5% 167,921
May 2017 4.3% 4.5% 166,902
April 2017 4.4% 4.6% 170,404
March 2017 4.5% 4.7% 173,927
February 2017 4.7% 4.9% 180,116
January 2017 4.8% 5.1% 187,274
December 2016 4.7% 5.1% 189,172
November 2016 4.6% 5.2% 191,280
October 2016 4.8% 5.3% 193,456
September 2016 4.9% 5.3% 195,780
August 2016 4.9% 5.4% 198,020
July 2016 4.9% 5.5% 199,918