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Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in June 2012 at 9.7% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Washington 4.6% 0.0 +0.2
Kennewick 5.9% 0.0 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 June 2012 at 12,736. There are now 4,066 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,567 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,103. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 8,670 +109 +1,103

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.6%
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.9% 8,670
July
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.9% 8,561
June
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.8% 8,483
May
2019
3.6% 4.6% 5.8% 8,404
April
2019
3.6% 4.7% 5.8% 8,415
March
2019
3.8% 4.6% 5.7% 8,256
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 5.5% 7,907
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 5.4% 7,671
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.4% 7,655
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 5.4% 7,652
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 5.4% 7,626

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.