Washington’s unemployment rate held at 4.6 percent in September and preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the state gained 13,800 jobs over the month.
“Washington economy is in great shape,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Businesses continue to add jobs and more people are joining the labor force.”
The Employment Security Department released the seasonally adjusted, preliminary jobs estimates from BLS as part of its September Monthly Employment Report.
Last September, the statewide unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. The national unemployment rate was 4.2 percent this September and 3.8 percent in the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area.
Year over year growth remains strong, with Washington adding an estimated 76,100 new jobs from September 2016 through September 2017, not seasonally adjusted. The private sector grew by 2.3 percent or 61,400 jobs, and the public sector increased by 2.6 percent, adding 14,700 jobs.
From September 2016 through September 2017, 11 of the state’s 13 industry sectors added jobs. Manufacturing (-3,500) and mining and logging (-200) were the only sectors to report job losses. Government, on the other hand, added 14,700 new jobs, and construction added another 12,700.