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Yakima, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Yakima rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Yakima peaked in March 2012 at 11.1% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Yakima unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Washington 4.7% 0.0 -0.1
Yakima 6.1% +0.1 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Yakima, Washington, National

Yakima, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Yakima, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Yakima peaked in March 2010 at 13,522. There are now 5,813 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,402 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 307. Yakima employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Yakima, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Yakima 7,709 +149 -2,315

Number of Unemployed Persons

Yakima, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 6.1% 7,709
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 6.0% 7,560
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 6.0% 7,601
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.8% 7,402
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 6.3% 8,090
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 6.6% 8,488
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 6.5% 8,420
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 6.2% 7,958
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 6.5% 8,324
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 6.7% 8,437
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 7.0% 8,975

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.