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Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick rose 1.2 percentage points in July 2020 to 11.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.5% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Washington 10.3% +0.3 +6.1
Kennewick 11.7% +1.2 +6.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kennewick, Washington, National

Kennewick, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kennewick, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kennewick peaked in April 2020 at 20,323. There are now 2,540 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,755 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,028. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 17,783 +3,028 +9,747

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4%
July
2020
10.2% 10.3% 11.7% 17,783
June
2020
11.1% 10.0% 10.5% 14,755
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 12.8% 18,983
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 13.7% 20,323
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.8% 7,120
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 4.9% 7,258
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 5.0% 7,454
December
2019
3.5% 4.0% 5.0% 7,424
November
2019
3.5% 4.0% 5.1% 7,541
October
2019
3.6% 4.0% 5.2% 7,661
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 5.3% 7,792

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.