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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in October 2009 at 10.9% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Washington 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Spokane 5.2% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 October 2009 at 28,877. There are now 15,187 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,140 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 550.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 13,690 +550 -612

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.2% 13,690
September
2018
3.7% 4.4% 5.0% 13,140
August
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.2% 13,549
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 5.2% 13,624
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 5.5% 14,290
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 5.6% 14,511
April
2018
3.9% 4.8% 5.8% 15,062
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.9% 15,268
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.8% 15,133
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.6% 14,658
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.6% 14,763

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.