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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in December 2009 at 9.9% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in June 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Washington 6.3% -0.1 -0.9
Seattle 5.5% 0.0 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 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 January 2010 at 186,502. There are now 80,920 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 104,526 in June 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,056. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 105,582 -1 -16,595

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 6.3%
February
2014
6.7% 6.3% 5.5% 105,582
January
2014
6.6% 6.4% 5.5% 105,583
December
2013
6.7% 6.7% 5.7% 108,097
November
2013
7.0% 6.8% 5.9% 112,428
October
2013
7.2% 6.8% 6.0% 114,828
September
2013
7.2% 6.9% 5.9% 112,927
August
2013
7.2% 7.0% 5.8% 110,911
July
2013
7.3% 7.0% 5.5% 105,170
June
2013
7.5% 7.0% 5.4% 104,526
May
2013
7.5% 7.0% 5.5% 104,984
April
2013
7.5% 7.1% 5.8% 110,874
March
2013
7.5% 7.1% 6.2% 116,835

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.