Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in December 2009 at 10.4% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in January 2010 at 367,424. There are now 195,106 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 167,340 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,978. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 172,318 +1,917 -1,461

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to January 2019

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 4.5% 172,318
December 2018 3.9% 4.5% 170,401
November 2018 3.7% 4.5% 170,286
October 2018 3.8% 4.4% 169,597
September 2018 3.7% 4.4% 168,459
August 2018 3.8% 4.4% 167,572
July 2018 3.9% 4.4% 167,340
June 2018 4.0% 4.4% 168,057
May 2018 3.8% 4.5% 169,580
April 2018 3.9% 4.5% 171,307
March 2018 4.0% 4.6% 172,718