Washington Economy

Wash. Jobs, Employment Numbers
5:11 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Wash. Jobs, Employment Numbers Contradict

Washington added 5,000 jobs in July, but the state's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent.
Washington State Employment Security Department

Washington’s jobs and employment numbers for July contradict each other in the latest figures released Tuesday. Washington gained 5,000 jobs last month. Yet the state’s unemployment rate crept up to 8.5 percent.

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Washington Job Growth
6:33 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Wash. Gains 10,000 Jobs, But Jobless Rate Still 8.3 Percent

U.S., Washington and Seattle unemployment rates, seasonally adjusted, from June 2007 through June 2012.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

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