Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2014 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in January 2010 at 10.2% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in July 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Washington 6.0% +0.3 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in February 2010 at 360,412. There are now 151,538 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 195,483 in July 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,391. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 208,874 +10,697 -27,640

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to October 2014

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
November 2014 5.8%
October 2014 5.8% 6.0% 208,874
September 2014 5.9% 5.7% 198,177
August 2014 6.1% 5.6% 195,542
July 2014 6.2% 5.6% 195,483
June 2014 6.1% 5.8% 200,715
May 2014 6.3% 6.1% 211,763
April 2014 6.3% 6.1% 210,219
March 2014 6.7% 6.3% 219,579
February 2014 6.7% 6.3% 219,562
January 2014 6.6% 6.4% 221,432
December 2013 6.7% 6.7% 230,213
November 2013 7.0% 6.8% 233,205