Like The Herald Business Journal on Facebook!
The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
Heraldnet.com

The top local business stories in your email

Contact Us:

Josh O'Connor
Publisher
Phone: 425-339-3007
joconnor@heraldnet.com

Maureen Bozlinski
General Sales Manager
Phone: 425-339-3445
Fax: 425-339-3049
mbozlinksi@heraldnet.com

Jim Davis
Editor
Phone: 425-339-3097
jdavis@heraldnet.com

Site address:
1800 41st Street, S-300,
Everett, WA 98203

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 930
Everett, WA 98206

HBJ RSS feeds

State adds 6,700 new jobs

The unemployment rate in the Seattle-Everett -Bellevue area inched up slightly to 5.2 percent.

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
By Rachel La Corte
Associated Press
Published:
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March and the unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.3 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department.
Officials said that the rate matches February’s jobless numbers, which had been revised down from an original estimate of 6.4 percent.
“The short-term trend looks good,” said Paul Turek, a labor economist with the department. “It’s another small indication that the labor market is getting better. We’re getting job creation, but it’s not gang-busters job creation.”
The biggest job gains in March were seen in professional and business services, which added an estimated 3,100 workers, of which 2,600 were in office jobs like administrative and support services. Other sectors that saw big gains included manufacturing, which added 2,200 jobs last month, and retail, which saw a boost of 1,800 jobs, mostly related to online retail. Other areas that saw job gains were: private education and health services, construction, transportation, warehousing and utilities, leisure and hospitality, and information.
Job losses were seen in government, wholesale trade, financial activities and other services.
Washington’s unemployment rate is below the national rate of 6.7 percent for March. State officials said the unemployment rate in the Seattle-Everett-Bellevue area of Western Washington inched up slightly to 5.2 percent from February’s rate of 5.1 percent.
Two different surveys are used to calculate unemployment figures and job losses and gains. The unemployment rate represents the percentage of the labor force that is unemployed and actively looking for work. People who have stopped looking for work are not counted. The job gains and losses estimates are based on a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of businesses.
Turek said that the state’s total labor force of nearly 3.5 million expanded by about 9,500 last month, indicating more people are starting to look for work.
Employment gains were “improving the confidence of workers who have been sitting out and are now moving into the labor force to try and find better job prospects,” he said.
Officials said that during the one-year period ending in March, nearly 61,000 jobs have been added statewide, including more than 18,000 since the start of the year.
Story tags » Washington StateUnemploymentEmploymentUnemployment

MORE HBJ HEADLINES

CALENDAR

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus

Market roundup