The latest numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show a falling unemployment rate in the Tacoma-Lakewood metropolitan division, both month to month and year over year.
The Tacoma-Lakewood area’s preliminary March jobless rate came in at 5.8 percent, down from 6.5 percent in the same month last year. It’s also down from 6.0 percent in February 2017. The civilian labor force — the number of nonmilitary people over 16 who are employed or are seeking a job — was at 412,184 in March, with 23,881 unemployed.
The Seatlle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area, which includes the Tacoma-Lakewood division, had a 3.7 percent unemployment rate in March, buoyed by strong numbers from Seattle and the East Side. That jobless rate is down from 4.8 percent the previous March and 3.9 percent in February.
The Olympia-Tumwater metro area had a 5.3 percent March unemployment rate, down from 6.1 percent in the same month last year and 5.7 percent in February.
Across the United States, Ames, Iowa, and Boulder, Colo., continue to pace the country in terms of the unemployment rate, with a March unemployment rate of 2.0 percent each. The highest March unemployment belongs to El Centro, Calif., at 19.2 percent.