Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2021 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 10.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.0% -0.2 +1.6
Washington 5.4% -0.2 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 442,610 fewer people unemployed in the state. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 209,467 -6,085 +2,257

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
April 2021 6.1%
March 2021 6.0% 5.4% 209,467
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
June 2020 11.1% 10.8% 420,323
May 2020 13.3% 12.5% 487,296