Department of Numbers

Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick fell 1.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Washington 4.7% -0.3 -2.0
Kennewick 4.0% -1.2 -2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 21,412. There are now 15,579 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 5,833 -1,907 -3,319

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.7% 4.0% 5,833
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 5.2% 7,740
September
2021
4.7% 5.1% 5.3% 7,912
August
2021
5.2% 5.1% 5.4% 8,077
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.5% 8,134
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.6% 8,301
May
2021
5.8% 5.2% 5.7% 8,413
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 6.0% 5.8% 8,457

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.