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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2014 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in October 2009 at 9.8% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in July 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Washington 5.6% 0.0 -1.4
Seattle 5.0% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2014 data as September 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 89,431 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 341. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 96,924 +341 -15,747

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 5.7%
August
2014
6.1% 5.6% 5.0% 96,924
July
2014
6.2% 5.6% 5.0% 96,583
June
2014
6.1% 5.8% 5.2% 99,526
May
2014
6.3% 6.1% 5.4% 105,252
April
2014
6.3% 6.1% 5.5% 106,026
March
2014
6.7% 6.3% 5.6% 108,768
February
2014
6.7% 6.3% 5.6% 106,860
January
2014
6.6% 6.4% 5.6% 106,486
December
2013
6.7% 6.7% 5.7% 108,089
November
2013
7.0% 6.8% 5.7% 109,418
October
2013
7.2% 6.8% 5.8% 110,687
September
2013
7.2% 6.9% 5.8% 111,839

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.