Washington unemployment

Jobless Rate
1:34 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Wash. Job Growth Slowed, But Unemployment Rate Holding Steady

FILE - In this March 1, 2011 photo, Mariam Bario, recently relocated to Seattle from Kenya, fills out an application with others at a job fair, in SeaTac, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent, according to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Department.

State labor economist Paul Turek says the pace of job gains slowed down in the month of May, but Washington is still on course to record the strongest year of employment growth since the Great Recession.

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Jobless Rate
4:08 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In Washington, Dips In Oregon

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.4 percent, according to February’s numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department.

State labor economist Paul Turek says an economy in growth mode is luring discouraged jobseekers off the sidelines and swelling the labor pool.

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Jobless Rate
1:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weakness Still Seen

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Mike Groll AP Photo

The unemployment rate in Washington dropped a notch in November. New numbers released by the state Wednesday peg the jobless rate at 6.8 percent — down from a flat 7 percent the previous month.

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unemployment
1:15 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Wash. to Regain Some Long-Term Jobless Benefits

Michael Dwyer Associated Press

A worsening unemployment rate in Washington state is leading to extended unemployment benefits for some.

The state's Employment Security Department said Monday that the state's three-month unemployment rate average has risen back to 7 percent. That means some additional federally-funded emergency unemployment compensation will restart Sunday, extending benefits for nine weeks.

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economic recovery
3:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Data Points Show 'Soft Patch' in Hiring, Slow Overall Growth

Washington state hit a soft patch in hiring and saw slow overall growth, according to two new data points released Wednesday.

Washington state's unemployment rate essentially held steady at 7 percent from August through October. Federal government furloughs delayed the release of the data last month, which resulted in the release of two sets this month.

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state job gains
11:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

State Unemployment Rate Holds Steady in June

The unemployment rate held steady in Washington state in June, standing at 6.8 percent, according to the monthly update released in Olympia Wednesday.

For state labor economist Paul Turek, the biggest headline is found is deeper in the numbers. He sees signs of stronger hiring in the private sector. That has the side effect of motivating new job seekers to join—or rejoin—the labor force.

"We're seeing, four years after the recession was declared over, more decent signs of recovery taking place," Turek said.

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Business
2:07 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Wash. unemployment unchanged in August

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The unemployment rate held steady at 9-point-3 percent in Washington state in August. The state Employment Department released fresh jobs numbers Wednesday, a day after Oregon reported a slight uptick in its unemployment rate. Now it's at 9-point-6 percent.

In Washington, Employment Department chief economist Dave Wallace says the private sector statewide has added jobs for twelve months in a row now. But he says jobs need to be added at a faster pace to chip away at the unemployment rate.

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Economy
10:43 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Wash. jobless rate notches back up to 9.3 percent

Washington's jobless rate is turning back up, reaching 9.3 percent in July after falling to as low as 9.1 percent earlier this year.

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employment
2:57 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Go north? B.C. reports more jobs than workers by 2016

The Canadian job market might be the brightest spot on the Northwest's economic horizon.
Bruce Irschick Flickr

With Washington’s unemployment hovering at 9.2 percent and the economy sputtering along, new figures released yesterday in British Columbia makes one wonder if going north might not be the next big emigration story.

A new provincial government report predicts the number of skilled workers needed will exceed the supply of workers available by 2016. One million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2020.

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