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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in December 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Washington 5.4% -0.2 -0.3
Seattle 4.4% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Seattle, Washington, National

Seattle, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Seattle, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Seattle peaked in February 2010 at 190,427. There are now 100,308 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 90,119 -1,487 -9,938

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.4% 90,119
September
2016
5.0% 5.6% 4.5% 91,606
August
2016
4.9% 5.7% 4.5% 92,365
July
2016
4.9% 5.8% 4.7% 94,893
June
2016
4.9% 5.8% 4.6% 92,637
May
2016
4.7% 5.8% 5.0% 100,835
April
2016
5.0% 5.8% 5.1% 103,273
March
2016
5.0% 5.8% 5.0% 99,743
February
2016
4.9% 5.8% 5.1% 102,237
January
2016
4.9% 5.8% 5.4% 107,463
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 5.2% 103,556

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.