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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2017 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in December 2009 at 10.0% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Washington 4.9% -0.2 -0.7
Seattle 3.8% -0.4 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 113,108 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 77,319 -8,739 -24,918

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 4.7%
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 3.8% 77,319
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 4.2% 86,058
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 4.3% 87,310
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.3% 87,904
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 4.4% 89,953
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.5% 91,606
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.5% 92,365
July
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.7% 94,893
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.6% 92,637
May
2016
4.7% 5.6% 5.0% 100,835
April
2016
5.0% 5.6% 5.1% 103,273

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.