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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Olympia fell 1.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Olympia peaked in April 2020 at 16.1% and is now 1.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Olympia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Washington 15.1% -1.2 +10.7
Olympia 14.6% -1.5 +9.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2020 at 23,986. There are now 2,493 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Olympia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Olympia, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Olympia 21,493 -2,493 +14,378

Number of Unemployed Persons

Olympia, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 9.8%
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 14.6% 21,493
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 16.1% 23,986
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.4% 6,285
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 4.4% 6,346
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 4.5% 6,509
December
2019
3.5% 4.0% 4.4% 6,429
November
2019
3.5% 4.0% 4.5% 6,549
October
2019
3.6% 4.0% 4.6% 6,668
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 4.7% 6,798
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.8% 6,926

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.