OLYMPIA — Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to 9 percent — the lowest since March 2009, according to figures released today by the state Employment Security Department.
The October rate compares with a revised figure of 9.2 percent for September and 9.4 percent in October of last year in the state, the Associated Press reported. The national jobless rate also is 9 percent.
With 4,600 jobs added in October in Washington, the department says the state has added jobs in 12 of the last 13 months.
A loss of 18,000 jobs reported in September was revised to a loss of 10,700 jobs.
“The October numbers showing slow, steady improvement are more consistent with what we’ve seen for more than a year,” said Dave Wallace, a department economist. “It looks more likely that the September numbers were an anomaly.”
Jobs were added in October in government, wholesale trade, education and health services and manufacturing. Jobs were lost in professional and business services, transportation, warehousing and utilities, and retail trade.