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State unemployment rate holds steady at 8.9 percent; private jobs note uptick

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Sep. 15, 2010 at 10:38 am |
September 15, 2010 10:38 am

Washington’s unemployment rate held steady at 8.9 percent, while the private sector picked up 900 jobs, the state Employment Security Department reported this morning.

Overall, payrolls were down 2,000 in August due to the elimination of an estimated 2,900 government jobs, the department said in a release.

Industries that added jobs in August were education and health services, up 500; manufacturing, up 400; information, up 400; financial activities, up 300; leisure and hospitality, up 300; and wholesale trade, up 200.

Jobs were lost in government, down 2,900; transportation, warehousing and utilities, down 400; other services, down 400; professional and business services, down 200; retail trade, down 100; and construction, down 100, according to the report.

Year over year, Washington had 20,700 fewer jobs last month than in August 2009, a 0.7 percent decrease. Nationally, employment grew by 0.2 percent over the past year.

An estimated 310,876 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work, and 235,483 people received unemployment benefits from Washington in August.

For as look at today’s full report, click here.

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