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Olympia-Tumwater, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Olympia fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.9%. 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 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Olympia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Washington 4.7% -0.1 -0.1
Olympia 4.9% -0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 March 2010 at 12,080. There are now 5,416 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,548 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 116. Olympia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Olympia, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Olympia 6,664 -199 +70

Number of Unemployed Persons

Olympia, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployment Rate
Olympia
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.9% 6,664
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 6,750
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.0% 6,750
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 5.0% 6,792
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.0% 6,810
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.0% 6,769

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.