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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in December 2009 at 10.0% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Washington 4.7% -0.2 -0.9
Seattle 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2017 data as April 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 117,449 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 72,978 -3,781 -21,417

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
April
2017
4.4% 4.6%
March
2017
4.5% 4.7% 3.5% 72,978
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 3.7% 76,759
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 4.2% 86,129
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 4.2% 85,856
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.2% 86,787
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 4.3% 88,650
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.4% 90,254
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.4% 90,468
July
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.5% 90,363
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.5% 90,796
May
2016
4.7% 5.6% 4.6% 92,558

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.