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Yakima, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Yakima fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Yakima peaked in April 2020 at 14.6% and is now 0.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Yakima unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Washington 15.1% -1.2 +10.7
Yakima 14.5% -0.1 +7.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 159 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Yakima employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Yakima, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Yakima 19,697 -159 +10,088

Number of Unemployed Persons

Yakima, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployment Rate
Yakima
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 9.8%
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 14.5% 19,697
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 14.6% 19,856
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 5.9% 7,953
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 6.1% 8,267
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 6.4% 8,544
December
2019
3.5% 4.0% 6.4% 8,594
November
2019
3.5% 4.0% 6.5% 8,666
October
2019
3.6% 4.0% 6.6% 8,772
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 6.7% 8,898
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 6.8% 9,036
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 6.9% 9,202

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.