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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane fell 1.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 15.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in April 2020 at 17.0% and is now 1.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Washington 15.1% -1.2 +10.7
Spokane 15.7% -1.3 +10.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 47,643. There are now 4,080 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 43,563 -4,080 +27,918

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 9.8%
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 15.7% 43,563
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.9% 5.0% 14,133
December
2019
3.5% 4.0% 4.9% 13,940
November
2019
3.5% 4.0% 5.0% 14,126
October
2019
3.6% 4.0% 5.1% 14,354
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 5.2% 14,609
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.3% 14,871

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.