Washington unemployment rate at 5.1 percent

Mar 09, 2017, 00:32
Washington unemployment rate at 5.1 percent

The increase in nonfarm employment came as the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force grew by almost 1,700 people from December to January. Employment was up more than 10-thousand jobs in January compared to the same time previous year.

The state paid unemployment insurance benefits to 78,102 people in January.

The highest unemployment rate in the state was 12.8 percent in Monroe County, which is located in southeastern Ohio. He says the most job growth is in private education and health services, professional and legal services and retail trade. The unemployment rate counts the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for work, and doesn't include those who have stopped looking for work.

Washington state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent in January, the same as the newly revised rate from the month before, the state Employment Security Department reported Wednesday. The rate was 0.3-percent higher than January 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 4.8 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in December and 0.1 percentage points lower than in January 2016. Keyes had a rate of 14.6 percent in January, up from the 13.5 percent in December.

That's also down compared to January 2016, when the jobless rate was 4.5 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for OH was 5 percent in January, the same as December and the same as last January.

The current figure is still better than the year-ago rate of 5.6 percent, and matches the lowest statewide unemployment number since May 2008.