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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 1.4 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 13.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Seattle 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
Seattle 3.5% -1.4 -2.9
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: Seattle, Washington, National

Seattle, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Seattle, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Seattle peaked in April 2020 at 372,655. There are now 297,090 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 75,565 -31,712 -62,124

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.7% 3.5% 75,565
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 4.9% 107,277
September
2021
4.7% 5.1% 4.9% 108,974
August
2021
5.2% 5.1% 5.0% 110,849
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.0% 109,981
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.0% 108,155
May
2021
5.8% 5.2% 4.8% 103,508
April
2021
6.0% 5.4% 5.6% 121,855
March
2021
6.0% 5.5% 5.5% 118,865
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 5.4% 117,193
January
2021
6.4% 6.0% 6.1% 132,237

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.