September and October unemployment numbers
Washington’s unemployment rate was relatively constant over the past two months, but the state saw an estimated loss of 9,500 jobs in September and October.
Numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department show that the state’s unemployment rate was 6.9% in September and 7% in October. The agency was releasing data for both months because the September numbers were delayed due to the federal government shutdown last month. Jobs fell an estimated 1,400 in September, and 8,100 in October.
More than 241,000 people were unemployed and looking for work last month, including almost 95,000 who claimed unemployment benefits during that same time period.
County by county unemployment numbers will be released next week.