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Washington loses 18,400 jobs in September, according to state numbers

Washington's September jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to 9.1 percent, said the Employment Security Department on Wednesday.

Even so, the slight drop is accompanied by the loss of 18,400 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Construction lost the most in the past month, dropping by 1,800 jobs statewide.

The state manufacturing sector enjoyed the largest job gains over August, with an estimated 800 jobs added. Education and health services and professional and business services also reported growth.

Total nonfarm jobs are about 27,000 higher in September 2011 than one year ago, the ESD also reported.

Specific county numbers will be released next Tuesday.

To study the numbers, here's the ESD link.

Not all the job numbers are gloomy, say Washington state executives

While the most recent monthly jobless numbers from Washington are not whoop-worthy, the economy is not totally in the tank.

The post below summarizes the key data, including that Washington state lost a net 700 jobs in May.

Still, the May 2011 unemployment rate is 0.5 percent less than the May 2010 rate of 9.6 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department summary.

The other upbeat item: Robert Half International, a staffing company with offices across the country, noted that 11 percent of executives in Washington anticipate hiring full-time staff in the third quarter.

The survey also said about 98 percent of the execs surveyed expressed “confidence in their companies' growth” for the coming rest of the year. More than 4,000 executives nationwide were surveyed, and 65 were in Washington state, according to a Robert Half press release.

The state's largest employment drops in May came in wholesale trade, which recorded a loss of 2,100 jobs. Other areas that suffered included retail trade (down 1,600), financial activities (down 900) and transportation (down 600).

Leisure and hospitality recorded a large increase in jobs, adding 3,200 positions. The professional and business services sector added 900 jobs while construction employment was up 700.

Unemployment rate up despite hirings

Washington's unemployment rate climbed in March despite a gain of 1,110 jobs, the Employment Security Department said today.

The March unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, a notch higher than the 9.1 percent reported for February.

The biggest job gains were in business and professional services, 2,700; wholesale trade, 1,900; and manufacturing, 1,600. Construction employment slumped 2,400; education and health services, 1,800; and government, 1,300.

Employers in Washington have added 33,100 workers since March 2010, but 340,325 unemployed were still trying to find a job last month. Of those, 228,911 collected unemployment benefits.

More than 22,000 job openings are posted online at the WorkSource Web site, www.go2worksource.com.

Good news in the July jobless numbers, if you look hard

Today, the monthly jobless totals came out, and Spokane County’s July unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.6 percent. Notably, the 8.6 percent is identical to what it was in July 2009.

Among other notable findings, reported by Washington Employment Security regional labor economist Doug Tweedy:

  • The county’s total workforce fell by about 5,000 jobholders, but the county jobless rate remained the same. Those 5,000 jobs were seasonal workers for school districts who shut down in the summer. Those jobs come back gradually in August and September, he said.
  • Spokane gained 500 private sector jobs in July. Those came in manufacturing, construction and health care, Tweedy said. That gives Spokane County five consecutive months of private sector growth. Even though the job growth is small in that period, that’s a positive trend, he said.
  • Washington’s private sector picked up 3,100 jobs in July.
  • July also saw roughly 2,800 Spokane County initial jobless claims. That’s the lowest initial-claim total since September 2008, Tweedy said.

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