Department of Numbers

Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Washington 3.7% 0.0 -1.1
Kennewick 4.9% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 21,565. There are now 14,029 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 7,536 -65 -987

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.9% 7,536
August
2022
3.7% 3.7% 5.0% 7,601
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 5.0% 7,582
June
2022
3.6% 3.8% 5.1% 7,801
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 5.1% 7,743
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 5.0% 7,688
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 5.0% 7,679
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 5.0% 7,574
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 5.1% 7,671
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 5.3% 7,890
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 5.3% 7,900

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.