Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Washington 5.4% -0.2 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in December 2009 at 367,082. There are now 168,079 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 197,041 in May 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,962. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 199,003 -3,912 -3,541

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to October 2016

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 5.4% 199,003
September 2016 5.0% 5.6% 202,915
August 2016 4.9% 5.7% 207,664
July 2016 4.9% 5.8% 210,236
June 2016 4.9% 5.8% 208,703
May 2016 4.7% 5.8% 209,503
April 2016 5.0% 5.8% 211,279
March 2016 5.0% 5.8% 208,207
February 2016 4.9% 5.8% 208,662
January 2016 4.9% 5.8% 209,897
December 2015 5.0% 5.8% 206,173