Workforce Impacts by the Numbers

Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) recently posted unemployment data for April. While we remain in a fluid situation, this early data shows what we’ve been experiencing looks like in start relief. The first graph below shows how quickly jobs were lost as the impacts of the pandemic first settled in (numbers for all Thurston cities are similar to Olympia). The second graph shows how Thurston compares to all 39 Washington State counties overall. Additional data will be posted here – e.g. by industry, gender, socioeconomic strata – as it becomes available.

Olympia Unemployment Rate, Jan-Apr 2020


Unemployment Rate by County, April 2020