Unemployment statewide raises, but so do the number of jobs

Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was an estimated 6.9% in July, a slight increase over the 6.8% rates of May and June, according to the Employment Security Department.

The state’s job market continued to grow, adding an estimated 8,800 jobs in July. The state has seen 10 straight months of job growth, averaging about 6,000 jobs a month.

“The unemployment rate has been pretty flat for the past three months, but we’re continuing to see the kind of solid job growth that will gradually bring down the unemployment rate,” said Paul Turek, a labor economist for Employment Security.

So far, Washington has regained about 83% (171,500) of the 205,000 jobs it lost during the recession.

Grays Harbor held the highest unemployment in the state in June at 12.1%, with Pacific County at 10.8%. Both counties show an improvement over the last 2 years, yet maintain some of the highest figures in the state month to month with the rest of Southwest Washington and the Olympic Peninsula.

County unemployment numbers for July are set to be released on August 21.




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