Unemployment remains unchanged statewide

Washington gained an estimated 9,800 jobs from May to June, while the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.8 percent.

The numbers released Wednesday by the Department showed that largest job increases were seen in sectors including construction, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

Manufacturing and government were the only two industries that saw job losses last month. Manufacturing only dropped by about 200 jobs, while government lost 5,900 jobs last month. That decrease is a turnaround from an estimated increase in May.

Officials say that the large swing in numbers are likely due to hiring and layoffs, mostly in public education, that occur earlier or later than usual.

Locally, Grays Harbor remains the highest unemployment in the state with 12.2% while Pacific County dropped slightly in May to 10.4%. The county by county unemployment numbers for June are expected to be released on the 24th.

More than 237,000 people were unemployed and looking for work last month, including more than 114,000 who claimed unemployment benefits.



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