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Unemployment rate resumes downhill path, jobs decline again too - Dec. 18, 2013

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OLYMPIA – After a slight increase related to the federal shutdown in October, Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined again in November, to an estimated 6.8 percent.

At the same time, the state shed an estimated 6,000 jobs, seasonally adjusted, according to the Employment Security Department.

The 8,100 job loss originally estimated for October has been revised to 7,400, an improvement of 700 jobs. October’s estimated unemployment rate of 7 percent did not change.

“November typically is not a robust month for employment, so we weren’t expecting to see a big turnaround,” said Paul Turek, a labor economist for Employment Security. “The jobs data show there’s still some lingering weakness in the state’s labor market.”

Industries with job gains in November were leisure and hospitality (up 1,400); financial activities, up 600; information, up 400; and retail trade, up 300.

Industries that reported job losses included government, down 4,600 jobs; manufacturing, down 1,400; construction, down 1,100; professional and business services, down 800; wholesale trade, down 400; transportation, warehousing and utilities, down 200; other services, down 100; and education and health services, down 100.

Washington added an estimated 34,600 jobs in the past year and has regained and estimated 78 percent (161,400) of the 205,000 jobs lost in the recession (all seasonally adjusted).

In November, an estimated 235,200 people (seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work. That includes 101,267 who claimed unemployment benefits last month.

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Web links
• Monthly employment report
• Labor-market information website
• State and local trends and projections
• Three-month comparisons, county-to-county (Excel spreadsheet) ~ click “Current estimates” under “Not seasonally adjusted” on the right
• Historical data (Excel spreadsheet) ~ click “Historical estimates” under “Seasonally adjusted” on the right
• Employment Security website

Broadcast version
Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to an estimated six-point-eight percent in November.

However, the state also lost an estimated six-thousand jobs.

The Employment Security Department says November usually is not a strong month for employment, and the jobs data show there’s still some lingering weakness in the labor market.

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