Washington economy http://www.kplu.org en Washington jobs picture brightens, but unemployment up too http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-jobs-picture-brightens-unemployment-too OLYMPIA, Wash. - The latest jobs report for Washington state contains a paradox. It shows strong job growth in the private sector. But at the same time, the state unemployment rate also rose.<p>Washington's Employment Department Wednesday reported a May jobless rate of 8.3 percent, up slightly from the revised 8.2 percent rate of April.<p>State labor economist Anneliese Vance-Sherman said in a conference call that the higher unemployment rate was caused primarily by once-discouraged workers resuming their job hunts.<p>"This could be a good sign," she said. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:49:31 +0000 Tom Banse 5274 at http://www.kplu.org Washington jobs picture brightens, but unemployment up too Washington job growth reaches four year high http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-job-growth-reaches-four-year-high <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington added more than 12,000 jobs in November. That drops the state unemployment rate to 8.7 percent.</p><p>In fact, employment statistics released Wednesday show that job growth has reached a four-year high in Washington.</p><p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:31:24 +0000 Northwest News Network 3454 at http://www.kplu.org