Department of Numbers

Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2012 at 9.6% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.7
Kennewick 5.3% -0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kennewick, Washington, National

Kennewick, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kennewick, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kennewick peaked in May 2012 at 12,660. There are now 5,406 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 7,254 -233 -1,950

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.3% 7,254
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.4% 7,487
September
2017
4.2% 4.6% 5.5% 7,574
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.3% 7,327
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.4% 7,352
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.5% 7,463
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.6% 7,587
April
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.9% 7,955
March
2017
4.5% 4.7% 6.2% 8,448
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 6.5% 8,859
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 6.8% 9,290

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.