Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.1%. 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 October 2009 at 9.8% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in July 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Washington 6.3% 0.0 -0.3
Seattle 5.1% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 January 2010 at 186,355. There are now 88,121 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 96,583 in July 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,651. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 98,234 -772 -9,855

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 6.3%
January
2015
5.7% 6.3%
December
2014
5.6% 6.3% 5.1% 98,234
November
2014
5.8% 6.3% 5.1% 99,006
October
2014
5.7% 6.3% 5.1% 98,396
September
2014
5.9% 6.2% 5.0% 97,493
August
2014
6.1% 6.2% 5.0% 96,725
July
2014
6.2% 6.2% 5.0% 96,583
June
2014
6.1% 6.1% 5.2% 99,526
May
2014
6.3% 6.2% 5.4% 105,252
April
2014
6.2% 6.2% 5.5% 106,026

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.