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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 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. From a post peak low of 4.3% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Washington 5.4% -0.1 -0.8
Seattle 4.4% +0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 January 2010 at 190,384. There are now 102,729 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 85,292 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,363. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 87,655 +2,363 -13,849

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.4% 4.4% 87,655
April
2015
5.4% 5.5% 4.3% 85,292
March
2015
5.5% 5.9% 4.6% 89,990
February
2015
5.5% 6.3% 5.2% 103,143
January
2015
5.7% 6.3% 5.3% 103,892
December
2014
5.6% 6.3% 5.1% 99,180
November
2014
5.8% 6.3% 5.1% 99,666
October
2014
5.7% 6.3% 5.1% 99,961
September
2014
5.9% 6.2% 5.2% 100,600
August
2014
6.1% 6.2% 5.2% 101,347
July
2014
6.2% 6.2% 5.2% 100,964
June
2014
6.1% 6.1% 5.2% 100,524

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.