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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in April 2020 at 16.1% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Washington 5.3% -0.1 -7.2
Spokane 5.3% -0.1 -7.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 47,444. There are now 32,770 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 14,674 -106 -22,488

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.3% 5.3% 14,674
April
2021
6.1% 5.4% 5.4% 14,780
March
2021
6.0% 5.5% 5.5% 15,135
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 5.9% 15,900
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 6.3% 16,994
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 6.4% 16,851
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.8% 18,269
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 7.0% 20,180
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 8.4% 22,925
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 9.8% 27,090
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 11.8% 33,366

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.