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Washington’s Jobless Rate Dips Decline To 5.0 Percent Reflects Seasonal High For Key Industries

Washington’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.0 percent in September and was nearly half a percentage point below a year ago, according to Employment Security Commissioner Gary Moore.

“Movement over the month was typical as students exited the labor force to return to school and many key industries hit seasonal highs,” said Moore.

Spokane’s employment activity mirrored that of the state during September.

Spokane’s unemployment rate for the month was 4.4 percent, down from an adjusted August rate of 4.5 percent and a September 1995 rate of 4.6 percent.

Fred Walsh, Employment Security’s regional labor economist, said the movement was typical of the back-to-school transition from August to September as education employees are back on the job.

He said the small decline from September 1995 indicates an overall slowing of local economic growth as compared to last year.

State and national seasonally adjusted rates inched up one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.0 percent in the state and 5.2 percent nationally.

Non-farm employment jumped by 40,000, led by big increases in services employment and manufacturing.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Graphic: County-by-county monthly unemployment rates

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