Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 11.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Washington 4.7% -0.3 -2.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in April 2020 at 652,077. There are now 467,469 fewer people unemployed in the state. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 184,608 -13,505 -71,846

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to November 2021

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
December 2021 3.9%
November 2021 4.2% 4.7% 184,608
October 2021 4.6% 5.0% 198,113
September 2021 4.7% 5.1% 198,683
August 2021 5.2% 5.1% 198,818
July 2021 5.4% 5.1% 199,207
June 2021 5.9% 5.2% 201,633
May 2021 5.8% 5.2% 203,173
April 2021 6.0% 5.4% 209,404
March 2021 6.0% 5.5% 210,801
February 2021 6.2% 5.6% 215,552
January 2021 6.4% 6.0% 228,591