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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Olympia fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Olympia peaked in February 2010 at 9.4% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Olympia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.7
Olympia 4.6% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Olympia, Washington, National

Olympia, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Olympia, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Olympia peaked in March 2010 at 12,047. There are now 5,751 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Olympia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Olympia, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Olympia 6,296 -54 -1,252

Number of Unemployed Persons

Olympia, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.6% 6,296
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.6% 6,350
September
2017
4.2% 4.6% 4.8% 6,521
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.7% 6,394
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.7% 6,429
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.7% 6,386
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.8% 6,429
April
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.0% 6,610
March
2017
4.5% 4.7% 5.1% 6,715
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.2% 6,838
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 5.5% 7,250

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.