Washington Employment Security Department today released its new estimate of nonfarm employment, based on the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data. It shows 3,800 more residents found jobs from March into April and a seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate of 7.0 percent, compared to 8.4 percent a year ago.

Using data that has not been adjusted for seasonal variation, the state shows an increase of 67,200 jobs from April 2012 into last month. The vast majority of those came in non-governmental positions.

BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. Preliminary estimates are subject to revision. March's preliminary estimated loss of 5,500 jobs was revised to a decline of only 1,600 jobs.

New April unemployment data for South Sound counties show:

  • Tacoma/Pierce   8.1 %    31,070 jobless workers
  • Olympia/Thurston    7.0%   8,820 jobless workers
  • Lewis County 11.1%   3,280 jobless workers
  • Mason County 9.8%    2,320 jobless workers

Employment Security has placed the full data set on its website at this link.  Within the “Current Unemployment Rate” box, click “Statewide & County Detail.”