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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Seattle fell 1.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 15.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Seattle peaked in April 2020 at 17.3% and is now 1.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Seattle unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Washington 15.1% -1.2 +10.7
Seattle 15.7% -1.6 +12.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 374,957. There are now 36,182 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Seattle employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Seattle, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Seattle 338,775 -36,182 +265,824

Number of Unemployed Persons

Seattle, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployment Rate
Seattle
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 9.8%
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 15.7% 338,775
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 17.3% 374,957
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 5.7% 122,561
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 3.1% 67,959
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 3.1% 68,203
December
2019
3.5% 4.0% 3.1% 67,190
November
2019
3.5% 4.0% 3.1% 67,696
October
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.1% 68,435
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.2% 69,293
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.2% 70,211

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.