Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2015 to 5.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in November 2009 at 10.4% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in June 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% 0.0 -0.9
Washington 5.3% 0.0 -0.9

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 178,478 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 186,977 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,627. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 188,604 +1,627 -25,907

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
July 2015 5.3% 5.3% 188,604
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
January 2015 5.7% 6.3% 224,369
December 2014 5.6% 6.3% 223,295
November 2014 5.8% 6.3% 221,869
October 2014 5.7% 6.3% 220,261
September 2014 5.9% 6.2% 218,349
August 2014 6.1% 6.2% 216,241