Department of Numbers

Yakima, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Yakima fell 0.5 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Yakima peaked in March 2012 at 11.1% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Yakima 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
Yakima 5.8% -0.5 -2.0
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: Yakima, Washington, National

Yakima, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Yakima, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Yakima peaked in March 2010 at 13,522. There are now 6,099 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Yakima employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Yakima, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Yakima 7,423 -667 -2,509

Number of Unemployed Persons

Yakima, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.8% 7,423
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 6.3% 8,090
September
2017
4.2% 4.6% 6.6% 8,488
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 6.5% 8,420
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 6.2% 7,958
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 6.5% 8,324
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 6.7% 8,437
April
2017
4.4% 4.6% 7.0% 8,975
March
2017
4.5% 4.7% 7.5% 9,574
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 7.8% 10,024
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 8.1% 10,352

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.