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Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Walla Walla fell 0.3 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Walla Walla peaked in April 2020 at 12.4% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Walla Walla unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Washington 5.1% -0.1 -5.7
Walla Walla 4.4% -0.3 -3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 4,052. There are now 2,609 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Walla Walla 1,443 -75 -1,019

Number of Unemployed Persons

Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 4.4% 1,443
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 4.7% 1,518
May
2021
5.8% 5.2% 4.9% 1,563
April
2021
6.1% 5.4% 4.9% 1,574
March
2021
6.0% 5.5% 5.0% 1,590
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 5.1% 1,626
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 5.2% 1,644
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 5.6% 1,771
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 5.8% 1,834
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.1% 1,920
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 6.4% 2,039

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.