Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Washington

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August 8, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Washington

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Washington using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#39. King County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 1,326,554 (35,988 unemployed)
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#38. Snohomish County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 452,355 (14,073 unemployed)
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#37. Asotin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 10,610 (393 unemployed)
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#36. Adams County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 10,937 (413 unemployed)
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#35. San Juan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 7,913 (323 unemployed)

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#34. Chelan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 46,023 (1,900 unemployed)
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#33. Walla Walla County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 31,716 (1,334 unemployed)
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#32. Kitsap County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 128,889 (5,495 unemployed)
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#31. Spokane County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 265,178 (11,579 unemployed)
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#30. Thurston County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 145,875 (6,518 unemployed)

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#29. Benton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 110,777 (4,978 unemployed)
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#28. Clark County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 251,012 (11,314 unemployed)
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#27. Douglas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 23,105 (1,047 unemployed)
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#26. Columbia County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 1,809 (82 unemployed)
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#25. Island County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 36,579 (1,699 unemployed)

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#24. Lincoln County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 4,432 (211 unemployed)
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#23. Whatcom County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 116,104 (5,579 unemployed)
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#22. Skamania County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 5,579 (277 unemployed)
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#21. Pierce County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 450,735 (22,551 unemployed)
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#20. Skagit County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 62,786 (3,188 unemployed)

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#19. Klickitat County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 10,210 (528 unemployed)
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#18. Jefferson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 12,993 (675 unemployed)
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#17. Grant County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 49,426 (2,600 unemployed)
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#16. Franklin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 47,490 (2,539 unemployed)
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#15. Cowlitz County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 49,357 (2,677 unemployed)

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#14. Clallam County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 29,724 (1,619 unemployed)
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#13. Okanogan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 19,973 (1,095 unemployed)
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#12. Yakima County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 139,283 (7,642 unemployed)
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#11. Whitman County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +1.6%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 20,186 (1,122 unemployed)
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#10. Lewis County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 35,168 (1,965 unemployed)

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#9. Stevens County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 19,301 (1,109 unemployed)
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#8. Kittitas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 21,754 (1,250 unemployed)
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#7. Mason County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 25,495 (1,538 unemployed)
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#6. Garfield County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 823 (50 unemployed)
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#5. Pend Oreille County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 5,185 (317 unemployed)

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#4. Wahkiakum County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 1,346 (86 unemployed)
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#3. Pacific County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 8,325 (560 unemployed)
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#2. Grays Harbor County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 28,564 (1,949 unemployed)
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#1. Ferry County

- Current Unemployment rate: 8.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 2,361 (192 unemployed)

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