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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. 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 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Washington 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Seattle 3.7% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 113,867 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 2,373. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 77,524 +435 -9,418

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.3% 3.7% 77,524
September
2018
3.7% 4.4% 3.6% 77,089
August
2018
3.9% 4.5% 3.6% 75,151
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 3.7% 77,964
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 3.8% 80,559
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 3.9% 81,737
April
2018
3.9% 4.8% 3.9% 82,227
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.8% 80,964
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

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.