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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in November 2009 at 10.9% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Washington 4.6% 0.0 +0.2
Spokane 5.9% +0.1 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 November 2009 at 28,634. There are now 12,280 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,060 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,294.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 16,354 +327 +2,218

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.6%
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.9% 16,354
July
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.8% 16,027
June
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.7% 15,770
May
2019
3.6% 4.6% 5.6% 15,516
April
2019
3.6% 4.7% 5.6% 15,493
March
2019
3.8% 4.6% 5.5% 15,184
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 5.4% 14,743
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 5.4% 14,684
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.4% 14,470
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 5.4% 14,467
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 5.3% 14,403

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.