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Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Walla Walla fell 1.3 percentage points in January 2021 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Walla Walla peaked in April 2020 at 12.7% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Walla Walla unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Washington 6.0% -0.3 +2.0
Walla Walla 4.9% -1.3 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Walla Walla, Washington, National

Walla Walla, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Walla Walla, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Walla Walla peaked in April 2020 at 4,123. There are now 2,582 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Walla Walla 1,541 -410 +45

Number of Unemployed Persons

Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.6%
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 4.9% 1,541
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 6.2% 1,951
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 5.8% 1,742
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 5.7% 1,790
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 7.4% 2,334
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 7.4% 2,309
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 8.9% 2,781
June
2020
11.1% 10.8% 7.2% 2,217
May
2020
13.3% 12.5% 11.5% 3,701
April
2020
14.8% 16.3% 12.7% 4,123

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.