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Yakima, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Yakima rose 1.5 percentage points in April 2021 to 8.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.6 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Yakima peaked in April 2020 at 14.9% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.6 percentage points. You can also compare Yakima unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Washington 5.5% 0.0 -10.8
Yakima 8.1% +1.5 -6.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 April 2020 at 20,244. There are now 9,561 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,864 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,819. Yakima employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Yakima, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Yakima 10,683 +2,138 -9,561

Number of Unemployed Persons

Yakima, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 5.5% 8.1% 10,683
March
2021
6.0% 5.5% 6.6% 8,545
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 5.8% 7,419
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 5.5% 6,864
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 7.7% 9,692
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.9% 10,081
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 8.4% 10,700
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 9.1% 11,615
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 10.0% 12,815
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 13.5% 18,065
June
2020
11.1% 10.8% 12.5% 16,507

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.