Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.2%. 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 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Washington 5.2% -0.1 -0.6

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 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 176,340 fewer people unemployed in the state. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 190,742 -3,466 -15,431

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.2% 190,742
November 2016 4.6% 5.3% 194,208
October 2016 4.8% 5.4% 199,047
September 2016 4.9% 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