Overall unemployment rate moved up to 4.8% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 800 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Kennewick-Richland, WA market declined by 1,108 jobs in August and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 80 bps to 4.8%. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Kennewick-Richland, WA unemployment rate is 101 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 100 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 1.7% 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 August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.2%. Key sectors include:

  • Business Services: 23,800; +300
  • Transportation & Utilities: 20,800; +100
  • Education & Healthcare: 19,400; +200
  • Government: 17,700; -800
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 13,100; -200
  • Construction, Mining: 11,100; no change
  • Manufacturing: 8,900; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,300; +100
  • Other Jobs: 3,800; no change
  • IT & Development: 700; no change
Kennewick-Richland, WA Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.