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Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick rose 0.4 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.8%. 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 April 2012 at 9.6% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Kennewick 5.8% +0.4 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 12,695. There are now 4,243 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,145 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,307. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 8,452 +688 +691

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.6%
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 5.8% 8,452
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 5.4% 7,764
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.4% 7,670
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 5.2% 7,412
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 5.2% 7,268
September
2018
3.7% 4.4% 5.1% 7,145
August
2018
3.8% 4.4% 5.3% 7,312
July
2018
3.9% 4.4% 5.4% 7,535
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 5.6% 7,797
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 5.6% 7,821
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.8% 8,110

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.