Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.1%. 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 16.8% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Washington 4.1% 0.0 -1.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 515,451 fewer people unemployed in the state. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 163,313 -2,449 -56,885

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 4.1% 163,313
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
October 2021 4.6% 4.6% 182,238
September 2021 4.7% 4.8% 189,414
August 2021 5.2% 5.0% 197,483
July 2021 5.4% 5.2% 203,792
June 2021 5.9% 5.4% 209,593