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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2016 to 4.7%. 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in June 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
Washington 5.8% 0.0 +0.2
Seattle 4.7% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2016 data as August 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 95,062 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 92,637 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,728. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 95,365 +2,728 +1,250

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
August
2016
4.9% 5.7%
July
2016
4.9% 5.8% 4.7% 95,365
June
2016
4.9% 5.8% 4.6% 92,637
May
2016
4.7% 5.8% 5.0% 100,835
April
2016
5.0% 5.8% 5.1% 103,273
March
2016
5.0% 5.8% 5.0% 99,743
February
2016
4.9% 5.8% 5.1% 102,237
January
2016
4.9% 5.8% 5.4% 107,463
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 5.2% 103,556
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.2% 102,230
October
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.1% 100,057
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 4.9% 97,532

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.