Seasonal Factors Trim Jobless Rate Job Gains In Farming, Tourism Help Cut State Rate To 6 Percent
Washington’s unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in April, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner reported Tuesday.
“The drop was expected as seasonal activities increased with the advent of spring,” Stoner said in a prepared statement. Seasonal job increases in agriculture, food processing, construction and tourist-related industries helped lower unemployment.
Spokane County showed an even stronger increase in employment, with the unemployment rate for April dropping to 5 percent, down from March’s adjusted rate of 6.1 percent. However the rate was slightly higher than April 1994, when it was 4.9 percent.
Industry-specific information was not available for Spokane Tuesday, but statewide service industries showed the biggest increase, with 5,400 new jobs. Manufacturing payrolls moved up by 2,800, with most of the increase in food processing.
Ferry County reported a 14 percent unemployment rate, highest in the state. Whitman County reported the lowest rate, 2.4 percent.