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Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Walla Walla rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Walla Walla peaked in April 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Walla Walla unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Walla Walla 4.8% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 2010 at 2,706. There are now 1,167 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,386 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 153.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Walla Walla 1,539 +21 +20

Number of Unemployed Persons

Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.6%
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 4.8% 1,539
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 4.7% 1,518
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.7% 1,506
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.6% 1,464
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.5% 1,426
September
2018
3.7% 4.4% 4.4% 1,386
August
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.5% 1,425
July
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.6% 1,459
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 4.7% 1,503
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.8% 1,520
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.0% 1,568

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.