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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Olympia rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Olympia peaked in January 2010 at 9.4% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Olympia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Washington 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Olympia 4.5% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 March 2010 at 12,080. There are now 5,835 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,057 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 188. Olympia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Olympia, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Olympia 6,245 +188 -505

Number of Unemployed Persons

Olympia, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.5% 6,245
September
2018
3.7% 4.4% 4.4% 6,057
August
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.5% 6,169
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.6% 6,294
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 4.8% 6,580
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.9% 6,637
April
2018
3.9% 4.8% 5.1% 6,863
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.1% 6,826
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.0% 6,706
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 6,652
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.0% 6,792

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.