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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in January 2010 at 10.1% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Washington 4.6% 0.0 +0.2
Seattle 3.5% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October 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 January 2010 at 190,571. There are now 114,248 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 76,323 -295 -3,859

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.5% 76,323
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 3.5% 76,618
July
2019
3.7% 4.6% 3.6% 77,198
June
2019
3.7% 4.6% 3.7% 78,889
May
2019
3.6% 4.6% 3.8% 82,110
April
2019
3.6% 4.7% 3.9% 84,066
March
2019
3.8% 4.6% 3.9% 84,479
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 3.9% 83,301
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 3.9% 82,673
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 3.8% 81,350
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 3.8% 81,292

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.