Here's how unemployment in Cowlitz County, Washington compares

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February 13, 2024

Here's how unemployment in Cowlitz County, Washington compares

Cowlitz County's unemployment rate in December was 5.6%—ranked #21 highest out of 39 in the state.

Nationally, unemployment has leveled with pre-COVID rates, measuring between 3.5% and 4% for most of the past two years. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed a 3.7% unemployment rate in January. Previously, unemployment skyrocketed to 14.7% at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, and those rates remained elevated through late 2021.

Though national unemployment has mostly normalized, local economies vary widely. Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to analyze unemployment in Cowlitz County over time, and how it stacks up within Washington and across the nation.

The unemployment rate in Cowlitz County is 1.9 percentage points above the national level, and 1.4 percentage points above the state level. It ranks #21 among counties in Washington—ranked first by the preliminary December 2023 unemployment rate, then breaking ties by the number of unemployed people. It trails behind Skagit County, which also has an unemployment rate of 5.6%, but surpasses Pierce County (5.5%).

In real terms, it means an estimated 2,805 of Cowlitz County's approximately 49,798 working residents are out of a job at the moment. That's 405 more than last month and 186 fewer than a year ago. Some economists fret another recession may be on the horizon, which would drive unemployment up with business closures and layoffs.

This story was produced using automation across 3,100 counties, boroughs, and parishes, based on writing and data reporting by Paxtyn Merten.

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