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Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Walla Walla rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 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 4.6% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Walla Walla unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Washington 4.7% 0.0 -0.1
Walla Walla 4.8% +0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 1,203 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,456 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 47.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Walla Walla 1,503 +47 -181

Number of Unemployed Persons

Walla Walla, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployment Rate
Walla Walla
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.8% 1,503
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.6% 1,456
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.6% 1,474
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.6% 1,457
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.7% 1,487
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.7% 1,485
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.6% 1,457
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.7% 1,468
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.8% 1,489
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.9% 1,508
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.0% 1,542

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.