People of Northwest Public Radio
Washington Job Growth
Wed July 18, 2012
Wash. Gains 10,000 Jobs, But Jobless Rate Still 8.3 Percent
Washington has gained back more than half the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. The state reached that benchmark last month with the gain of 10,000 new jobs.
Even so, Washington’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in June at 8.3 percent. That’s because the universe of people actively looking for work is also growing.
State labor economist Mark Berreth says it’s a combination of types of jobs that are being created.
“We have a lot of architecture and engineering positions, accounting, so we have some higher-end income on that along with manufacturing, especially within that aerospace. But then we also have some of these lower wage jobs in leisure and hospitality, retail and trade. So we’re getting a pretty good mix, and that’s what we want to see.”
Washington lost more than 200,000 jobs and has now regained more than 100,000. Despite that, an estimated 293,000 Washingtonians are still unemployed and looking for work.
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