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Yakima, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Yakima fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Yakima peaked in April 2020 at 14.4% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Yakima unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Washington 3.7% -0.1 -1.5
Yakima 6.0% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 data as August 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 19,911. There are now 11,962 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Yakima employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Yakima, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Yakima 7,949 -241 -1,338

Number of Unemployed Persons

Yakima, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 6.0% 7,949
June
2022
3.6% 3.8% 6.1% 8,190
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 6.1% 8,238
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 6.1% 8,234
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 6.2% 8,261
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 6.2% 8,301
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 6.3% 8,410
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 6.4% 8,426
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 6.4% 8,419
October
2021
4.6% 4.6% 6.4% 8,505
September
2021
4.7% 4.8% 6.6% 8,769

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.