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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane rose 0.5 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in April 2020 at 17.0% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.9% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Washington 6.0% 0.0 +2.0
Spokane 7.4% +0.5 +2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Spokane, Washington, National

Spokane, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Spokane, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Spokane peaked in April 2020 at 47,643. There are now 28,187 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 19,456 -167 +5,330

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.0% 7.4% 19,456
October
2020
6.9% 6.0% 6.9% 19,623
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 9.5% 26,328
August
2020
8.4% 8.4% 9.5% 26,574
July
2020
10.2% 10.2% 11.8% 33,703
June
2020
11.1% 10.0% 10.2% 28,035
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 15.7% 43,454
April
2020
14.8% 16.3% 17.0% 47,643
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.9% 13,584
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 4.9% 13,876
January
2020
3.5% 3.9% 5.0% 14,133

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.