New year-end jobs and unemployment reports came out today from the Employment Security Department, showing 6,700 new jobs created statewide in the month of December.
Washington’s whole state unemployment rate on a seasonally adjusted basis was 5.2 percent, down slightly from the revised November rate of 5.3 percent. In December 2015, the state reported 5.8 percent jobless.
Pierce County’s unemployment rate in December was 6.0 percent; Thurston County was 5.7 percent; Mason County reported 7.9 percent jobless; and Lewis County at 8.2 percent was the highest among the South Sound’s five counties.
Seattle-King County continues to lead the state with a year-end unemployment rate of just 3.4 percent. All these county numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
Total number of eligible workers without a job in December 2016 was down by 15,500 from one year earlier, even as the available resident labor force grew by 121,000 persons.
For your own look at the numbers, even as to which industry sectors added (or subtracted) how many jobs, click this link, then select Monthly employment report.