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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Job Growth

There were 118,500 jobs in Olympia, Washington in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 133,958 employed persons for the month. Olympia added 500 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,273 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Olympia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 118,500 +500 +10,100
CPS 133,958 +1,273 +6,855

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Olympia, Washington Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Olympia as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Olympia, Washington

CES employment for Olympia peaked in February 2020 at 122,200. Since then 3,700 jobs have been lost in Olympia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 108,100 in April 2020, Olympia has gained 10,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 140,473 for Olympia in October 2020. 6,515 jobs have been lost in Olympia since then according to the household survey. From a December 2020 low of 130,472, Olympia has added 3,486 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Olympia, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 118,500 500 133,958 1,273
April 2021 118,000 -300 132,685 910
March 2021 118,300 700 131,775 694
February 2021 117,600 500 131,081 301
January 2021 117,100 300 130,780 308
December 2020 116,800 500 130,472 -39
November 2020 116,300 700 130,511 -9,962
October 2020 115,600 1,100 140,473 10,229
September 2020 114,500 -500 130,244 509
August 2020 115,000 1,200 129,735 725
July 2020 113,800 1,500 129,010 910
June 2020 112,300 3,900 128,100 997