EVERETT — Unemployment for both Snohomish County and Washington state was at 9.1 percent in May.
For the county, the May rate was unchanged from April’s revised rate. For the state, the rate fell to the lowest level since a year ago, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.
“It’s refreshing to talk about job growth and a falling unemployment rate,” said Karen Lee, employment security commissioner. “The momentum seems to be shifting in the right direction.”
In May, the county had an estimated labor force of 382,470 people, with an estimated 347,730 people working and 34,730 estimated people still looking for work.
People who have stopped searching for a job and are not still receiving jobless benefits aren’t included in the statistics.
In Island County, the jobless rate rose to 8.9 percent last month from 8.8 percent in April.