Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 4.7% with the biggest shift in Restaurants & Hotels, which gained 300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in August 2022.

Total employment in the Kennewick-Richland, WA market rose by 5,398 jobs in June and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate increased by 46 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Kennewick-Richland, WA unemployment rate is 86 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 110 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in June versus prior month by 1.5% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Kennewick-Richland, WA Unemployment June 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.6% . Key sectors include:

  • Business Services: 23,400; +200
  • Transportation & Utilities: 20,800; +100
  • Education & Healthcare: 19,100; +100
  • Government: 18,800; -200
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 13,100; +300
  • Construction, Mining: 11,000; no change
  • Manufacturing: 8,800; +200
  • Financial Services: 4,200; -100
  • Other Jobs: 3,800; +100
  • IT & Development: 700; no change
Kennewick-Richland, WA Unemployment by Industry June 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through June 2022 (Data published August 2022 and reports created on August 3, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.