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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Olympia fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 4.6%. 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 16.5% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Olympia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Washington 5.1% 0.0 -4.0
Olympia 4.6% -0.1 -3.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September 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 18,273 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Olympia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Olympia, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Olympia 6,688 -83 -5,255

Number of Unemployed Persons

Olympia, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 5.1% 4.6% 6,688
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 4.7% 6,771
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 4.9% 6,963
May
2021
5.8% 5.2% 5.1% 7,126
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

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.