Washington unemployment drops to lowest in six years | Business
Thanks to a boost in June, Washington's unemployment numbers have dropped to their lowest levels in six years to 5.8 percent – that's according to the state's Employment Security Department.
Industry sectors saw the largest growth with 2,600 jobs. Retail grew by 2,200, leisure and hospitality by 1,900 and wholesale trade by 1,400. Professional and business services, information, manufacturing, financial services and mining also saw growth in the hundreds.
“After a hiring lull in May, Washington employers really picked up the pace in June,” said Paul Turek, an economist with the department. “The state's economy is picking up momentum and the near term job outlook is good.”
During the one-year period ending in June, Employment Security estimates that employers created 84,700 jobs.
Meanwhile, the number of unemployed job seekers looking for work in Washington dropped 10,800 to an estimated 201,000. That includes 70,059 who claimed unemployment benefits in June. At the same time, the state labor force of nearly 3.5 million decreased by 6,400.