State Unemployment Unchanged from December to January
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