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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Olympia rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Olympia peaked in January 2010 at 9.4% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Olympia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Washington 4.6% 0.0 +0.2
Olympia 5.2% +0.1 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 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 February 2010 at 11,985. There are now 4,529 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,418 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,038. Olympia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Olympia, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Olympia 7,456 +176 +1,004

Number of Unemployed Persons

Olympia, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.6%
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.2% 7,456
July
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.1% 7,280
June
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.0% 7,133
May
2019
3.6% 4.6% 4.9% 7,005
April
2019
3.6% 4.7% 5.0% 7,016
March
2019
3.8% 4.6% 4.9% 6,873
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 4.8% 6,766
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 4.8% 6,706
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.8% 6,637
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.8% 6,634
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.7% 6,593

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.