Washington added 1,200 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell from 4.7 to 4.6 percent – matching the state’s historic low for unemployment.
That figure was last reached in June 2007, according to the state Employment Security Department. Unemployment this year is a full percentage point lower than it was in April 2016. Washington has added an estimated 76,500 new jobs from April 2016 through April 2017, not seasonally adjusted.
“While job growth was more subdued in April, Washington’s economy continues to trend positively,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Jobs are being created, unemployment continues to fall and the labor market is tightening.”
Meanwhile, the state’s labor force — the total number of people, both employed and unemployed, over the age of 16 — continues to grow, rising to 3.69 million. That’s an increase of 3,400 people from the previous month.