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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in January 2010 at 10.1% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Washington 4.8% +0.1 0.0
Seattle 3.9% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2018 data as April 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 February 2010 at 191,391. There are now 109,961 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 81,430 -5,931 -460

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
April
2018
3.9%
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.9% 81,430
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.1% 87,361
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 92,110
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.2% 87,880
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.2% 87,119
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.2% 86,942
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.2% 88,223
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.3% 88,406
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.2% 86,315
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.1% 84,642
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.1% 84,191

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.