Overall unemployment rate moved up to 4.0% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Walla Walla, WA market declined by 360 jobs in August and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 60 bps to 4.0%. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Walla Walla, WA unemployment rate is 21 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 50 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) declined in August versus prior month by -0.4% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Walla Walla, WA Unemployment August 2022

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

  • Education & Healthcare: 6,400; -100
  • Government: 6,200; -300
  • Manufacturing: 4,700; no change
  • Transportation & Utilities: 4,600; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 2,700; -100
  • Construction, Mining: 1,600; no change
  • Business Services: 1,200; no change
  • Financial Services: 1,100; no change
  • Other Jobs: 600; no change
  • IT & Development: 300; no change
Walla Walla, 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.