These Are The 10 Cities In Washington With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Washington with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Washington for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Evergreen State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Mill Creek(Jobs)
  2. Sammamish(Jobs)
  3. Lynden(Jobs)
  4. Snoqualmie(Jobs)
  5. Newcastle(Jobs)
  6. Bainbridge Island(Jobs)
  7. Mercer Island(Jobs)
  8. Redmond(Jobs)
  9. Woodinville(Jobs)
  10. Issaquah(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Mill Creek takes the cake as the place in Washington with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Washington that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Washington job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Washington With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Washington’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 78 places in Washington.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 78 with one being the “most employed city in Washington”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Mill Creek

Mill Creek, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,667
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Mill Creek comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.3 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,077
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Sammamish doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Lynden

Lynden, Washington

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,579
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Lynden, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.3 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,625
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Snoqualmie. With a population of 11625 residents, Snoqualmie is a solid place to move in Washington if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Newcastle

Newcastle, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,792
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Newcastle. Numbering around 10792 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.9%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,206
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
The city of Bainbridge Island is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,636
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Mercer Island. With a unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Redmond

Redmond, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,704
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Coming in at #8, Redmond has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Washington’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Woodinville

Woodinville, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,201
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Woodinville, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Issaquah

Issaquah, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,551
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Issaquah, Washington. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 78.

Issaquah’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Washington

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Washington with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Kelso
  2. Grandview
  3. Centralia

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Washington

City Rank Unemployment
Mill Creek 1 3.3%
Sammamish 2 4.0%
Lynden 3 4.3%
Snoqualmie 4 4.4%
Newcastle 5 4.9%
Bainbridge Island 6 4.9%
Mercer Island 7 5.1%
Redmond 8 5.1%
Woodinville 9 5.2%
Issaquah 10 5.5%
Enumclaw 11 5.6%
Seattle 12 5.7%
Richland 13 5.8%
Edmonds 14 5.9%
Anacortes 15 6.2%
Kirkland 16 6.2%
Kenmore 17 6.3%
Covington 18 6.3%
Renton 19 6.3%
Camas 20 6.4%
Lynnwood 21 6.4%
Bellevue 22 6.4%
Lake Forest Park 23 6.7%
Mukilteo 24 6.7%
Mountlake Terrace 25 6.8%
Kennewick 26 6.9%
Burien 27 7.0%
Des Moines 28 7.0%
Bothell 29 7.0%
Wenatchee 30 7.1%
Monroe 31 7.2%
Lake Stevens 32 7.2%
Bonney Lake 33 7.3%
Tumwater 34 7.3%
West Richland 35 7.3%
East Wenatchee 36 7.3%
Pasco 37 7.4%
Shoreline 38 7.7%
Battle Ground 39 7.8%
Ellensburg 40 8.0%
Kent 41 8.2%
Walla Walla 42 8.2%
Auburn 43 8.2%
Federal Way 44 8.3%
Lacey 45 8.4%
Moses Lake 46 8.4%
Maple Valley 47 8.6%
Tukwila 48 8.6%
Oak Harbor 49 8.6%
Ferndale 50 8.6%
Puyallup 51 8.7%
Spokane Valley 52 8.7%
Olympia 53 8.8%
Marysville 54 8.9%
Spokane 55 9.0%
Mount Vernon 56 9.1%
Washougal 57 9.1%
Bellingham 58 9.1%
Aberdeen 59 9.2%
Everett 60 9.2%
Seatac 61 9.3%
Sunnyside 62 9.3%
Arlington 63 9.4%
Vancouver 64 9.5%
Bremerton 65 9.8%
Tacoma 66 10.1%
Sedro-Woolley 67 10.3%
Pullman 68 10.4%
University Place 69 10.4%
Yakima 70 10.5%
Cheney 71 10.6%
Port Orchard 72 10.9%
Port Angeles 73 11.5%
Longview 74 11.9%
Lakewood 75 13.2%
Centralia 76 14.3%
Grandview 77 15.1%
Kelso 78 18.4%
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