Despite preliminary estimates that indicated the state lost an estimated 7,200 jobs in January, Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held firm at 5.1 percent.
“Typical seasonal job losses in leisure and hospitality and construction finally showed up after a sustained period of activity,” said Paul Turek, Washington’s state labor economist, of the estimated job losses, which came from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Washington’s economic outlook still remains positive,” he continued, “and we continue to see historically low numbers for unemployment.”
The state’s labor force rose to 3.68 million in January, an increase of 7,600 people from the previous month. From January 2016 to January 2017, the state’s labor force grew by 89,200.
Washington has added an estimated 84,600 new jobs from January 2016 to January 2017, not seasonally adjusted. The private sector grew by 2.9 percent or 73,800 jobs, and the public sector increased by 1.9 percent, adding 10,800 jobs.