Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Washington peaked in April 2020 at 16.3% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Washington 5.3% -0.1 -7.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 446,830 fewer people unemployed in the state. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 205,247 -4,157 -282,049

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 5.3% 205,247
April 2021 6.1% 5.4% 209,404
March 2021 6.0% 5.5% 210,801
February 2021 6.2% 5.6% 215,552
January 2021 6.3% 6.0% 228,591
December 2020 6.7% 6.3% 239,459
November 2020 6.7% 6.7% 256,454
October 2020 6.9% 7.0% 277,802
September 2020 7.8% 8.0% 309,301
August 2020 8.4% 9.1% 353,229
July 2020 10.2% 10.8% 423,212