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There is some seasonality to Lacey’s unemployment rate, with the highest level of unemployment occurring in the first quarter of the calendar year, and bottoming out in the fourth quarter. This seasonality has been largely unchanged over the last 10 years.  Due to the seasonality, meaningful comparisons of the most recent data (data representing less than one full year) should be made same month in current year to same month in previous year (April to April, May to May, etc.) to avoid mistaking a normal seasonal change, for an indicator of a trend of increasing or decreasing unemployment..

Employment & Unemployment Data

 AVERAGEJANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC 
Note: Detail may not add or divide due to rounding.
2017
Civilian Labor Force132,238132,420132,021131,810132,703132,800133,100135,100134,300
Total Employment125,374125,170125,183125,095126,049126,500126,900128,800128,100
Total Unemployment6,8647,2506,8386,7156,6546,3006,2006,3006,200
Unemployment Rate5.2%5.5%5.2%5.1%5.0%4.7%4.6%4.7%4.6%
2016
Civilian Labor Force130,656128,125128,651129,200129,628130,019130,576131,119131,513 131,929 132,223 132,351 132,537
Total Employment123,036120,729121,250121,673121,983122,302122,788123,310123,741124,189124,550124,803125,108
Total Unemployment7,6207,3967,4017,5277,6457,7177,7887,8097,7727,7407,6737,5487,429
Unemployment Rate5.8%5.8%5.8%5.8%5.9%5.9%6.0%6.0%5.9% 5.9% 5.8% 5.7% 5.6%
2015
Civilian Labor Force125,714124,622124,543124,621124,938125,288125,500125,613125,737126,095126,687127,242127,682
Total Employment118,180116,891116,970117,134117,429117,723117,917118,057118,239118,637119,218119,740120,206
Total Unemployment7,5347,7317,5737,4877,5097,5657,5837,5567,4987,4587,4697,5027,476
Unemployment Rate6.0%6.2%6.1%6.0%6.0%6.0%6.0%6.0%6.0%5.9%5.9%5.9%5.9%
2014
Civilian Labor Force123,189121,992122,092122,104122,075122,243122,635123,207123,820124,273124,512124,633124,680
Total Employment115,189113,688113,917114,064114,190114,443114,826115,310115,823116,214116,424116,589116,774
Total Unemployment8,0008,3048,1758,0407,8857,8007,8097,8977,9978,0598,0888,0447,906
Unemployment Rate6.5%6.8%6.7%6.6%6.5%6.4%6.4%6.4%6.5%6.5%6.5%6.5%6.3%
2013
Civilian Labor Force122,531123,069122,959122,885122,877122,795122,661122,515122,349122,178122,065122,025121,982
Total Employment113,216113,185113,166113,216113,278113,241113,179113,174113,177113,116113,112113,270113,472
Total Unemployment9,3159,8849,7939,6699,5999,5549,4829,3419,1729,0628,9538,7558,510
Unemployment Rate7.6%8.0%8.0%7.9%7.8%7.8%7.7%7.6%7.5%7.4%7.3%7.2%7.0%
* Official U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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