Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington rose 1.4 percentage points in December 2020 to 7.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in April 2020 at 16.3% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 +3.1
Washington 7.1% +1.4 +3.1

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in April 2020 at 645,110. There are now 372,580 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 219,189 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 53,341. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 272,530 +53,341 +113,717

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to December 2020

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
January 2021 6.3%
December 2020 6.7% 7.1% 272,530
November 2020 6.7% 5.7% 219,189
October 2020 6.9% 6.0% 237,785
September 2020 7.8% 8.3% 325,959
August 2020 8.4% 8.4% 333,649
July 2020 10.2% 10.2% 403,708
June 2020 11.1% 10.0% 389,799
May 2020 13.3% 15.1% 593,883
April 2020 14.8% 16.3% 645,110
March 2020 4.4% 5.1% 198,560
February 2020 3.5% 3.8% 151,533