Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2015 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% -0.2 -1.2
Washington 6.3% 0.0 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 144,809 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 213,669 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,604. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 222,273 -2,096 +2,153

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
February 2015 5.5% 6.3% 222,273
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
July 2014 6.2% 6.2% 214,511
June 2014 6.1% 6.1% 213,669
May 2014 6.3% 6.2% 213,911
April 2014 6.2% 6.2% 215,107
March 2014 6.6% 6.3% 217,216