We often feel like we’re in a bubble covering the tech industry, a sector which has shown resilience and strength despite the troubles in the overall economy. But are things finally starting to turn around for the majority of Washingtonians?
According to the state’s Employment Security Department, that may be the case. A new report out today finds that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent during January as more than 13,000 jobs were added in various sectors.
Interestingly, the state revised December’s stats as well, showing that 100 jobs were added during the month. The original estimate showed job losses of 11,700.
“These numbers show that our economy is gaining strength, and that’s great news to start … the new year,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause.
New research also shows Washington gained more jobs last year than previously estimated. The data shows that Washington gained about 53,500 jobs in 2011, compared to the 26,600 jobs previously reported. Since the low point in the recession, the state has regained about 98,000 jobs, the state said.
During January, the top job producing sector was professional & business services, which added 5,500 jobs. That was followed by 2,700 in retail and 2,300 in education and health services. Information, where a number of different technology positions are found, added 500 jobs.