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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

2015 distressed areas1

Three-year average unemployment rate
(Jan 12 -Dec 14)
(not seasonally adjusted)
Distressed area: unemployment rate greater than or equal to
Washington State
7.1% 8.5%
Adams County
Asotin County
Benton County 8.6% Benton
Chelan County 7.1%
Clallam County 9.5% Clallam
Clark County 9.2% Clark
Columbia County 8.3%
Cowlitz County 9.7% Cowlitz
Douglas County 8.0%
Ferry County 13.6% Ferry
Franklin County 9.1% Franklin
Garfield County 7.5%
Grant County 8.5% Grant
Grays Harbor County 11.7% Grays Harbor
Island County 7.5%
Jefferson County 9.1% Jefferson
King County 5.3%
Kitsap County 7.1%
Kittitas County 7.8%
Klickitat County 9.8% Klickitat
Lewis County 10.5% Lewis
Lincoln County 6.7%
Mason County 9.7% Mason
Okanogan County 8.4%
Pacific County 11.3% Pacific
Pend Oreille County 11.8% Pend Oreille
Pierce County 8.2%
San Juan County 5.8%
Skagit County 8.4%
Skamania County 10.0% Skamania
Snohomish County 6.1%
Spokane County 8.0%
Stevens County 10.6% Stevens
Thurston County 7.5%
Wahkiakum County 11.9% Wahkiakum
Walla Walla County 7.1%
Whatcom County 7.3%
Whitman County 6.0%
Yakima County 9.7% Yakima

¹ Prepared in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics