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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in April 2020 at 17.3% and is now 13.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Seattle 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
Seattle 3.4% -0.2 -2.0
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: 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 379,960. There are now 304,527 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 75,433 -3,411 -41,572

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.4% 75,433
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.6% 78,844
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 3.7% 82,474
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 3.9% 85,409
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 4.0% 86,663
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 3.9% 86,093
October
2021
4.6% 4.6% 4.0% 86,821
September
2021
4.7% 4.8% 4.2% 91,309
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 4.5% 97,336
July
2021
5.4% 5.2% 4.8% 103,575
June
2021
5.9% 5.4% 5.0% 108,934

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.