Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington fell 2.3 percentage points in October 2020 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 10.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.9% -1.0 +3.3
Washington 6.0% -2.3 +2.0

Unemployment Rate: Washington, National

Washington monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in April 2020 at 645,110. There are now 406,493 fewer people unemployed in the state. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 238,617 -87,342 +79,705

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to October 2020

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
October 2020 6.9% 6.0% 238,617
September 2020 7.9% 8.3% 325,959
August 2020 8.4% 8.4% 333,649
July 2020 10.2% 10.2% 403,708
June 2020 11.1% 10.0% 389,799
May 2020 13.3% 15.1% 593,883
April 2020 14.7% 16.3% 645,110
March 2020 4.4% 5.1% 198,560
February 2020 3.5% 3.8% 151,533
January 2020 3.6% 3.9% 155,468
December 2019 3.5% 4.0% 158,813
November 2019 3.5% 4.0% 158,520