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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wenatchee rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Wenatchee peaked in February 2010 at 9.0% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in August 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Wenatchee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Washington 6.3% 0.0 -0.3
Wenatchee 6.4% +0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Wenatchee, Washington, National

Wenatchee, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wenatchee, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wenatchee peaked in March 2010 at 5,672. There are now 1,629 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,339 in August 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 704. Wenatchee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wenatchee, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Wenatchee 4,043 +181 -91

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wenatchee, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Wenatchee
Unemployment Rate
Wenatchee
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 5.5%
March
2015
5.5% 5.9%
February
2015
5.5% 6.3%
January
2015
5.7% 6.3%
December
2014
5.6% 6.3% 6.4% 4,043
November
2014
5.8% 6.3% 6.2% 3,862
October
2014
5.7% 6.3% 5.9% 3,630
September
2014
5.9% 6.2% 5.6% 3,392
August
2014
6.1% 6.2% 5.5% 3,339
July
2014
6.2% 6.2% 5.6% 3,409
June
2014
6.1% 6.1% 5.9% 3,538
May
2014
6.3% 6.2% 6.3% 3,752

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.