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Yakima, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Yakima fell 0.5 percentage points in January 2021 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Yakima peaked in April 2020 at 14.6% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Yakima unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Washington 6.0% -0.3 +2.0
Yakima 6.1% -0.5 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 19,856. There are now 11,867 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Yakima employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Yakima, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Yakima 7,989 -1,416 -555

Number of Unemployed Persons

Yakima, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.6%
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 6.1% 7,989
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 6.6% 9,405
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.3% 9,529
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 8.3% 10,857
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 10.6% 14,189
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 10.8% 14,281
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 14.2% 18,621
June
2020
11.1% 10.8% 12.6% 15,652
May
2020
13.3% 12.5% 14.4% 19,690
April
2020
14.8% 16.3% 14.6% 19,856

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.