UPDATE: Olympia-Tumwater is NOT the nation's worst job market
A newly released study showing that the Olympia-Tumwater area is the No. 1 worst job market in the nation used incorrect data - and in fact the city should not have appeared anywhere on the list of the 50 worst areas for employment in the U.S.
The report, by career expert site Zippia, initially reported that Olympia and five other Washington state cities - Yakima, Bremerton-Silverdale, Mount Vernon, Longview and Walla Walla - ranked among the 50 worst job markets in the country.
But then the authors of the report discovered that the previous version of the study incorrectly swapped 2017 and 2016 wage data. Using the correct data, the study was updated - and now it shows that several other cities in Washington state are actually among the nation's worst for jobs - including Bellingham at No. 5.
But NOT Olympia.
The study's authors came up with their "worst 50" rankings by analyzing recently released federal statistics on unemployment rate changes and wage growth in 386 U.S. cities.
"These areas have the bleakest outlook on employment of anywhere in the country," says a report summary. "The employment situation may be great throughout the country, but not in these areas."
Cities in Washington state that made the updated list of the 50 worst job markets were:
No. 5 - Bellingham, with an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent and an annual mean wage of $48,030
No. 8 - Wenatchee, with an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent and an average annual waged of $44,630
No. 13 - Longview, with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent and an annual mean wage of $47,430
No. 15 - Kennewick-Richland, with an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent and an annual mean wage of $53,470
No. 27 - Mount Vernon-Anacortes, with an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent and an annual mean wage of $48,490
The updated list of worst job markets can be found here ...