Department of Numbers

Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Washington 5.1% -0.1 -5.7
Kennewick 5.5% -0.1 -6.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 21,412. There are now 13,279 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 8,133 -168 -9,388

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.5% 8,133
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.6% 8,301
May
2021
5.8% 5.2% 5.7% 8,413
April
2021
6.1% 5.4% 5.8% 8,510
March
2021
6.0% 5.5% 5.7% 8,355
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 5.7% 8,281
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 5.8% 8,457
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 6.2% 8,820
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.5% 9,152
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.5% 9,626
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 8.4% 11,964

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.