Washington unemployment rate drops to 5.8%, lowest in 6 years

Washington’s unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent last month, the lowest mark in six years. The state’s Employment Security Department today announced that job growth in Washington grew in June by 9,100 jobs. “After a hiring lull in May, Washington employers really picked up the pace in June,” Paul Turek, an Employment Security labor economist…. Read More


Washington reports 9,500 job losses: Unemployment rate consistent for past 2 months

The latest stats from the state’s Employment Security Department show Washington’s unemployment rate staying consistent over the past two months despite the first job losses in nearly two years. The unemployment rate went from 7 percent in August down to 6.9 percent in September, before coming back up to 7 percent last month. However, after 22… Read More


Mixed state jobless numbers ‘confound’ economists, but signs point to better times

Numbers sometimes tell strange stories, and that appears to be the case in the latest unemployment report from the Washington State Employment Securities Department. The analysis found that the unemployment rate actually dropped to 8.1 percent in Washington state during April, down from 8.3 percent in March. However, the good news came with a dose… Read More


Unemployment rate drops slightly to 8.5% in Washington

There’s more good news on the job front in Washington state, as the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent during December, according to a new report released today by the state Employment Security Department. That’s right on par with the national unemployment rate. In Seattle, the unemployment rate stood at 7.9 percent in December. That was… Read More