Job increase fails to budge July unemployment rateAugust 17th, 2011 by Rachel Pritchett
This statement from the state Employment Security office this morning.
OLYMPIA – Despite an estimated increase of 5,700 jobs last
month, Washington’s unemployment rate in July remained unchanged at
9.3 percent, according to the state’s Employment Security
The holding pattern occurred after June’s unemployment rate was revised upward from an original estimate of 9.2 percent. Job growth in June also was revised upward, from 3,600 to 4,700
“When the unemployment rate refuses to budget, people tend to not notice that we’ve added jobs for 11 months straight,” said Dave Wallace, the acting chief economist for Employment Security. “The job gains have been steady, but not enough to chip away at the unemployment rate.”
Industries that posted gains in July were leisure and hospitality, which added 1,700 jobs; manufacturing, up 1,600; retail trade, up 1,200; transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 1,200; professional and business services, up 1,100; financial activities, up 1,000; construction, up 800; and government, up 500.
Jobs were lost in other services, down 2,200, and information, down 1,000.
Year over year, more than 37,000 jobs have been added in Washington. This includes a gain of 46,000 private-sector jobs and a loss of 8,800 government jobs.
An estimated 311,027 people (not seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in July, and 185,358 of them received unemployment benefits. As of Aug. 6, 60,432 workers in Washington had run out of all unemployment benefits.
Employment Security is a partner in the statewide WorkSource system, which offers a variety of employment and training services for job seekers, including free help with interviewing skills, résumés and job referrals. WorkSource also can help employers recruit and screen for qualified workers, apply for employment tax breaks and qualify for subsidized employee training.
Locations of local WorkSource offices are listed online at www.go2worksource.com and in the blue pages of local telephone books.
In addition, more than 22,000 job openings are posted online at www.go2worksource.com.