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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Olympia fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Olympia peaked in April 2020 at 16.5% and is now 11.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Olympia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Washington 5.3% -0.1 -7.2
Olympia 5.1% -0.1 -7.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 24,961. There are now 17,716 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,193 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 52. Olympia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Olympia, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Olympia 7,245 -8 -11,200

Number of Unemployed Persons

Olympia, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.3% 5.1% 7,245
April
2021
6.1% 5.4% 5.2% 7,253
March
2021
6.0% 5.5% 5.2% 7,196
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 5.2% 7,193
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 5.4% 7,493
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 5.8% 8,084
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.4% 8,974
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.0% 8,919
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 7.6% 10,653
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 8.4% 11,943
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 10.8% 15,585

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.