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State Unemployment Unchanged from December to January

March 6, 2013

Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the same in January, at 7.5%. At the same time, preliminary numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest the state gained more than 24-thousand jobs.

If the numbers are accurate, it was the largest one-month gain in more than 17years.

Job growth over the past year has averaged a little over 5,000 jobs a month,  so state economists believe the January jobs number will be revised when more data comes in.

In Grays Harbor in December the rate increased to 12.6%, the county unemployment rates for January are set to be released March 12th.   The State’s unemployment last January was at 8.5%. For more information on unemployment rates go to https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/reports-publications/economic-reports/monthly-employment-report

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