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Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2012 at 9.6% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Washington 4.7% 0.0 -0.1
Kennewick 5.6% +0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 May 2012 at 12,660. There are now 4,957 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,235 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 468. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 7,703 +262 -1,156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.6% 7,703
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.4% 7,441
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.4% 7,502
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.2% 7,235
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.4% 7,487
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 5.5% 7,574
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.3% 7,327
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.4% 7,352
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.5% 7,463
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.6% 7,587
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.9% 7,955

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.