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Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spokane rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Spokane peaked in April 2020 at 16.1% and is now 11.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Spokane unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Washington 5.1% 0.0 -4.0
Spokane 5.0% +0.1 -4.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September 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 33,300 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,056 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 88.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Spokane 14,144 +88 -12,946

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spokane, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployment Rate
Spokane
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 5.1% 5.0% 14,144
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 4.9% 14,056
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.1% 14,242
May
2021
5.8% 5.2% 5.2% 14,454
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

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.