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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 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. From a post peak low of 3.6% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Seattle 3.9% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 106,965 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 75,151 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,275. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 84,426 -1,928 -2,935

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.6%
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 3.9% 84,426
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 4.0% 86,354
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 3.9% 84,408
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 3.8% 80,606
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 3.6% 77,233
September
2018
3.7% 4.4% 3.6% 77,089
August
2018
3.8% 4.4% 3.6% 75,151
July
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.7% 77,964
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 3.8% 80,559
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.9% 81,737
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 3.9% 82,227

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.