Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Washington 5.1% 0.0 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 178,912 fewer people unemployed in the state. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 188,170 -1,002 -14,045

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.1% 188,170
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
June 2016 4.9% 5.5% 201,099
May 2016 4.7% 5.6% 201,580
April 2016 5.0% 5.6% 201,761
March 2016 5.0% 5.6% 201,931