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Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Washington 6.0% 0.0 +2.0
Kennewick 6.5% +0.4 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 10,596 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,711 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 9,727 +16 +2,186

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.0% 6.5% 9,727
October
2020
6.9% 6.0% 6.1% 9,711
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 8.2% 12,808
August
2020
8.4% 8.4% 9.0% 13,717
July
2020
10.2% 10.2% 11.6% 17,494
June
2020
11.1% 10.0% 10.5% 14,755
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 12.8% 18,983
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.9% 5.0% 7,454

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.