Federal statistics released this morning show the state of Washington had 2,000 more residents employed in May compared to just one month earlier. Nonfarm employment rose by 2,600 in the private sector, while government trimmed 600 jobs.
Pierce County’s unemployment rate did not change, with 5.2 percent recorded in both May and April on the not seasonally-adjusted basis. Olympia-Thurston County jobless rate dropped one-tenth to 4.7 percent, while Lewis-Centralia fell to 6.4 percent and Shelton-Mason County in May saw no monthly change at 6.5 percent.
Statewide, the May unemployment rate was marked at 4.5 percent on a total resident work force that was almost unchanged in size from April, but stands almost 60,000 higher than was reported one year ago. Last month there were 80,500 more jobs filled in Washington now than one year earlier, but 167,200 persons remain unemployed for various reasons.
The full reports with details down to the county levels can be accessed at this link.