Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.5%. 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 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Washington 5.5% +0.2 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in December 2009 at 367,082. There are now 173,876 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 183,591 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,615. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 193,206 +7,507 -30,089

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to December 2015

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.5% 193,206
November 2015 5.0% 5.3% 185,699
October 2015 5.0% 5.2% 183,591
September 2015 5.1% 5.2% 184,157
August 2015 5.1% 5.3% 185,828
July 2015 5.3% 5.3% 188,389
June 2015 5.3% 5.3% 186,977
May 2015 5.5% 5.4% 190,858
April 2015 5.4% 5.5% 196,510
March 2015 5.5% 5.9% 209,251
February 2015 5.5% 6.3% 221,879