Washington State July unemployment rate increases slightly
August 16, 2013 Leave a comment
The statewide unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.9%.
So far, Washington has recovered about eighty-three percent of the jobs lost during the recession.
While the State recovered 83% of jobs lost, Spokane County has recovered just 36% of jobs lost.
Data from WA ESD June employment table:
- Lowest June employment during downturn was 206,100, highest June reading reached previously was 221,400.
- A total of 15,300 jobs were lost between the highest June and the lowest June employment levels.
- As of June 2013, there are 211,600 jobs for a gain of 5,500 since the lowest point. This represents a recovery of 36% (5,500 / 15,300) of the jobs lost.
Spokane County job growth is just under half that of Washington state. No explanation has been offered as to why that is happening.