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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in April 2020 at 15.8% and is now 11.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Washington 3.7% 0.0 -1.1
Spokane 4.4% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 48,680. There are now 35,905 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 12,775 -94 -1,841

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.4% 12,775
August
2022
3.7% 3.7% 4.4% 12,869
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.4% 12,962
June
2022
3.6% 3.8% 4.5% 13,330
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 4.5% 13,272
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.5% 13,103
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.5% 13,158
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 4.5% 13,180
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 4.7% 13,475
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 4.8% 13,803
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 4.8% 13,780

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.