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Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Washington 5.6% -0.4 +1.5
Kennewick 5.5% 0.0 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 20,323. There are now 12,274 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,990 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 59. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 8,049 +59 +791

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 5.5% 8,049
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 5.5% 7,990
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 5.8% 8,981
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.0% 8,911
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.1% 9,711
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 8.2% 12,808
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 9.0% 13,717
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 11.6% 17,494
June
2020
11.1% 10.8% 10.5% 14,755
May
2020
13.3% 12.5% 12.8% 18,983
April
2020
14.8% 16.3% 13.7% 20,323

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.