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Distressed Areas List

Distressed areas are counties where the three-year unemployment rate is at least 20 percent higher than the statewide average.  
The yearly list of distressed areas (Washington state counties) is compiled by averaging the employment and unemployment numbers for the prior 3 years. We create the distressed-areas list in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is updated annually, usually in the spring.

For more information about distressed areas, see Chapter 43.168 of the Revised Code of Washington.

2012 Distressed areas1

Three-Year Average Unemployment Rate
(Jan 10 -Dec 12)
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Distressed Area: Unemployment Rate Greater Than or Equal to
Washington State
9.1% 10.9%
Adams County
Asotin County
Benton County 7.9%
Chelan County 8.4%
Clallam County 10.3%
Clark County 12.3% Clark
Columbia County 11.1% Columbia
Cowlitz County 12.0% Cowlitz
Douglas County 8.0%
Ferry County 14.0% Ferry
Franklin County 9.0%
Garfield County 7.8%
Grant County 10.1%
Grays Harbor County 13.1% Grays Harbor
Island County 8.9%
Jefferson County 9.8%
King County 8.0%
Kitsap County 7.9%
Kittitas County 8.8%
Klickitat County 10.5%
Lewis County 13.2% Lewis
Lincoln County 8.4%
Mason County 11.1% Mason
Okanogan County 10.0%
Pacific County 12.3% Pacific
Pend Oreille County 12.7% Pend Oreille
Pierce County 9.6%
San Juan County 6.8%
Skagit County 10.0%
Skamania County 12.2% Skamania
Snohomish County 9.2%
Spokane County 9.3%
Stevens County