Department of Numbers

Washington Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Washington rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2018 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Washington unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Washington 4.8% +0.1 0.0

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 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Washington peaked in January 2010 at 367,424. There are now 188,722 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 176,125 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,577. Washington job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Washington 178,702 +638 +2,545

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Washington from 1990 to March 2018

Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 4.8% 178,702
February 2018 4.1% 4.7% 178,064
January 2018 4.1% 4.7% 177,272
December 2017 4.1% 4.7% 176,864
November 2017 4.1% 4.7% 176,900
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 177,116
September 2017 4.2% 4.7% 177,609
August 2017 4.4% 4.8% 177,891
July 2017 4.3% 4.8% 177,611
June 2017 4.3% 4.8% 177,053
May 2017 4.3% 4.8% 176,523