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Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Walla Walla fell 1.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.5 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Walla Walla peaked in April 2020 at 12.7% and is now 1.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Walla Walla 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
Walla Walla 11.6% -1.1 +6.5
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: 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 400 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Walla Walla 3,723 -400 +2,086

Number of Unemployed Persons

Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 9.8%
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 11.6% 3,723
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 12.7% 4,123
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.4% 1,392
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 4.5% 1,451
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 4.6% 1,496
December
2019
3.5% 4.0% 4.6% 1,490
November
2019
3.5% 4.0% 4.7% 1,514
October
2019
3.6% 4.0% 4.8% 1,541
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 4.9% 1,569
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.0% 1,594

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.