The May employment report for Kitsap contained at least one
Kitsap’s labor force (the number of people either employed
or looking for work) grew by an estimated 740 people between April
and May, according to the state Employment
Security Department. Employment among Kitsap residents
didn’t grow over the same period, in fact 140 fewer people were
working in May.
Still, it can be seen as encouraging that more people are
seeking jobs, rather than dropping out of the labor force.
The slight drop in employment coupled with the rise in the labor
force spiked Kitsap’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to
6.1 percent (see chart above). Unemployment in April was 5.4
The statewide labor force also grew in May, while Washington
employers added a modest 4,000 jobs. The seasonally-adjusted
unemployment rate for Washington held steady at 6.1 percent.
“This is the lowest monthly job gain so far this
year,” state labor economist Paul Turek said in a news
release. “Meanwhile, our workforce grew, but the unemployment rate
stayed the same because the proportion of job seekers who got work
about equaled those who did not.”
Washington employers have added an average of 6,560
jobs each month this year.
Kitsap companies employed 200 more workers in May than in
April, and 200 more than in May of 2013.
The private sector added an estimated 400 employees between
April and May. Government jobs dwindled by 200.
The full labor area report for May is below: