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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.  Because data are not available at the city level, data presented reflect employment for all of Thurston County.

Employment & Unemployment Data

 JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC 
2020
Civilian Labor Force147,321148,241142,496
148,757
147,082
144,972
148,657
146,317
141,237
150,270-Preliminary
Total Employment140,249141,303136,211
124,771
125,675
131,885
132,941
134,062
130,418
141,727-Preliminary
Total Unemployment7,0726,9386,285
23,986
21,407
13,087
15,716
12,255
10,819
8,543-Preliminary
Unemployment Rate4.8%4.7%4.4%16.1%
14.69.0%10.6%8.4%7.7%5.7%-Preliminary
2019
Civilian Labor Force142,508142,540143,288142,922141,359141,189141,080141,325142,510145,859146,356146,960
Total Employment134,752134,727135,639135,619134,649134,142134,273134,594136,572139,729139,933140,647
Total Unemployment7,7567,8137,6497,3036,7107,0476,8076,7315,9386,1306,4236,313
Unemployment Rate5.4%5.5%5.3%5.1%4.7%5.0%4.8%4.8%4.2%4.2%4.4%4.3%
2018
Civilian Labor Force136,710135,895136,386135,166136,944136,337136,121135,850137,520139,676140,936141,656
Total Employment129,265128,245129,175128,474130,835130,028129,999129,751131,842133,674134,459134,553
Total Unemployment7,4457,6507,2116,6926,1096,3096,1226,0995,6786,0026,4777,103
Unemployment Rate5.45.65.35.04.5%4.6%4.5%4.5%4.1%4.3%4.6%5.0%
2017
Civilian Labor Force134,974134,362134,911133,321133,135133,227133.048133,301135,308136,595137,948138,027
Total Employment127,200126,829127,993126,944126,749126,822126,469126,762128,995130,388131,594131,089
Total Unemployment7,7747,5336,9186,3776,3866,4056,5796,5756,3136,2076,3546,938
Unemployment Rate5.8%5.6%5.1%4.8%4.8%4.8%4.9%4.9%4.74.54.65.0
2016
Civilian Labor Force128,125128,651129,200129,628130,019130,576131,119131,513 131,929 132,223 132,351 132,537
Total Employment120,729121,250121,673121,983122,302122,788123,310123,741124,189124,550124,803125,108
Total Unemployment7,3967,4017,5277,6457,7177,7887,8097,7727,7407,6737,5487,429
Unemployment Rate5.8%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 Force124,622124,543124,621124,938125,288125,500125,613125,737126,095126,687127,242127,682
Total Employment116,891116,970117,134117,429117,723117,917118,057118,239118,637119,218119,740120,206
Total Unemployment7,7317,5737,4877,5097,5657,5837,5567,4987,4587,4697,5027,476
Unemployment Rate6.2%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 Force121,992122,092122,104122,075122,243122,635123,207123,820124,273124,512124,633124,680
Total Employment113,688113,917114,064114,190114,443114,826115,310115,823116,214116,424116,589116,774
Total Unemployment8,3048,1758,0407,8857,8007,8097,8977,9978,0598,0888,0447,906
Unemployment Rate6.8%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 Force123,069122,959122,885122,877122,795122,661122,515122,349122,178122,065122,025121,982
Total Employment113,185113,166113,216113,278113,241113,179113,174113,177113,116113,112113,270113,472
Total Unemployment9,8849,7939,6699,5999,5549,4829,3419,1729,0628,9538,7558,510
Unemployment Rate8.0%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.
Note: Detail may not add or divide due to rounding.

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