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Kennewick-Richland, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kennewick fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Kennewick peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Kennewick unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Washington 4.1% 0.0 -1.6
Kennewick 5.0% 0.0 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 13,859 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,574 in February 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 132. Kennewick employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kennewick, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Kennewick 7,706 +27 -1,584

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kennewick, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployment Rate
Kennewick
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 5.0% 7,706
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
October
2021
4.6% 4.6% 5.4% 8,074
September
2021
4.7% 4.8% 5.7% 8,523
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 6.0% 8,959
July
2021
5.4% 5.2% 6.2% 9,259
June
2021
5.9% 5.4% 6.3% 9,376

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.