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State lost 700 jobs in May

Employment in Washington fell by 700 in May, the first decline after eight months of increases, the Employment Security Department reported today.

Despite the reduction, the unemployment rate declined to 9.1 percent from a revised 9.2 percent for April. The rate was initially pegged at 9.1 percent.

The leisure and hospitality industry added 3,200 jobs, and government employment increased by 200, the first gain in several months.

Wholesale trade declined by 2,100, and retail trade 1,600.

Washington unemployment rate falls

Washington's unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent in February as employers added a net 800 jobs.

The January unemployment rate was 9.2 percent.

The struggling construction industry added 3,900 jobs during February, best for any sector. The government work force grew by 1,700, mostly in the military and higher education. Leisure and hospitality employment climbed 1,600.

Retail and wholesale trade fell the most, by 1,500 and 1,400 jobs respectively, follwed by financial activities and professional and business services, both off 1,300.

Washington has gained 31,100 private sector jobs since February 2010, while shedding 3,200 government jobs.

About 342,000 were unemployed, 235,000 of whom were collecting unemployment benefits.  

Job vacancy increase first since 2006

More “Help Wanted” signs popped up around Washington this spring, the first increase since the fall of 2006.

A Washington Employment Security Department survey indicated employers were looking for 38,732 workers, up 21  percent since fall 2009. The high was 90,000 vacancies in 2006.

Almost half the vacancies were in King County. Spokane County, with 2,475 openings, had six percent of the vacant positions.

The median wage for the empty positions was $9.50 in the county, $10.60 in the state.

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