Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in April 2020 at 16.8% and is now 13.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Washington 3.7% 0.0 -1.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in April 2020 at 678,764. There are now 528,612 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 149,063 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,089. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 150,152 +910 -39,262

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to September 2022

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 3.7% 150,152
August 2022 3.7% 3.7% 149,242
July 2022 3.5% 3.7% 149,063
June 2022 3.6% 3.8% 155,355
May 2022 3.6% 3.9% 158,623
April 2022 3.6% 4.1% 162,991
March 2022 3.6% 4.1% 165,762
February 2022 3.8% 4.3% 170,116
January 2022 4.0% 4.4% 173,859
December 2021 3.9% 4.5% 177,141
November 2021 4.2% 4.5% 178,435