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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Olympia fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Olympia peaked in April 2020 at 16.0% and is now 11.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Olympia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Washington 3.7% 0.0 -1.1
Olympia 4.2% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 25,017. There are now 18,792 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Olympia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Olympia, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Olympia 6,225 -76 -795

Number of Unemployed Persons

Olympia, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.2% 6,225
August
2022
3.7% 3.7% 4.3% 6,301
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.2% 6,295
June
2022
3.6% 3.8% 4.4% 6,507
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 4.4% 6,502
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.3% 6,466
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.4% 6,489
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 4.3% 6,409
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 4.4% 6,482
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 4.5% 6,605
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 4.5% 6,591

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.