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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in April 2020 at 17.0% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Washington 5.6% -0.4 +1.5
Spokane 5.7% -0.1 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 32,427 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 15,216 -75 +1,340

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 5.7% 15,216
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 5.8% 15,291
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 7.5% 19,331
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.9% 18,051
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.9% 19,623
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 9.5% 26,328
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 9.5% 26,574
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 11.8% 33,703
June
2020
11.1% 10.8% 10.2% 28,035
May
2020
13.3% 12.5% 15.7% 43,454
April
2020
14.8% 16.3% 17.0% 47,643

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.