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Yakima, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Yakima rose 0.7 percentage points in February 2019 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Yakima peaked in April 2012 at 11.1% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Yakima unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Yakima 7.4% +0.7 +1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 13,512. There are now 3,596 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,662 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,254. Yakima employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Yakima, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Yakima 9,916 +864 +1,869

Number of Unemployed Persons

Yakima, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.6%
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 7.4% 9,916
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 6.7% 9,052
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 6.3% 8,563
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 6.3% 8,467
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 6.2% 8,112
September
2018
3.7% 4.4% 6.0% 7,705
August
2018
3.8% 4.4% 6.0% 7,690
July
2018
3.9% 4.4% 6.2% 8,053
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 6.4% 8,233
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 6.3% 8,186
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 6.5% 8,371

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.