Overall unemployment rate moved down to 4.9% with the biggest shift in Business Services, which gained 900 roles, based on the most recently available information published in June 2022.

Total employment in the Kennewick-Richland, WA market rose by 741 jobs in April and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 100 bps to 4.9%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 42 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Kennewick-Richland, WA unemployment rate is 156 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 120 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in April versus prior month by 3.7% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Kennewick-Richland, WA Unemployment April 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 1.7% . Key sectors include:

  • Business Services: 23,000; +900
  • Transportation & Utilities: 20,700; +100
  • Education & Healthcare: 18,900; +100
  • Government: 18,900; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 12,500; +300
  • Construction, Mining: 11,000; +400
  • Manufacturing: 8,400; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,300; no change
  • Other Jobs: 3,700; +100
  • IT & Development: 700; no change
Kennewick-Richland, WA Unemployment by Industry April 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through April 2022 (Data published June 2022 and reports created on June 1, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.