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Yakima, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Yakima rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 7.5%. 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 March 2012 at 11.0% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Yakima 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
Yakima 7.5% +0.1 +1.1
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: 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 13,348. There are now 3,402 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,894 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,052. Yakima employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Yakima, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Yakima 9,946 +71 +1,722

Number of Unemployed Persons

Yakima, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.6%
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 7.5% 9,946
July
2019
3.7% 4.6% 7.4% 9,875
June
2019
3.7% 4.6% 7.4% 9,802
May
2019
3.6% 4.6% 7.3% 9,678
April
2019
3.6% 4.7% 7.2% 9,587
March
2019
3.8% 4.6% 7.1% 9,343
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 6.8% 8,888
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 6.5% 8,529
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 6.4% 8,366
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 6.4% 8,370
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 6.4% 8,352

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.