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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in October 2009 at 10.9% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.7
Spokane 5.1% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Spokane, Washington, National

Spokane, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Spokane, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Spokane peaked in October 2009 at 28,877. There are now 15,322 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,342 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 213.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 13,555 +213 -2,828

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.1% 13,555
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.0% 13,342
September
2017
4.2% 4.6% 5.2% 13,778
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.2% 13,653
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.2% 13,803
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.4% 13,954
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.5% 14,281
April
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.8% 14,873
March
2017
4.5% 4.7% 6.0% 15,580
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 6.0% 15,618
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 6.2% 16,054

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.