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Washington Unemployment Numbers Brighten, Jobs Market Continues to Heal

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Washington’s economy added 19,800 jobs in August and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for August decreased from 10.2% to 8.5%, according to the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD).

“The swings in payroll employment have been sizeable since March,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Although the jobs market continues to heal, August marks a slowdown from the initial hiring rebound from reopening.”

The state paid unemployment insurance benefits to 508,568 people in August, a decrease of 81,833 over the previous month. The state’s labor force in August was 3,955,100, a decrease of 6,000 people from the previous month. In the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett region, the labor force increased by 6,300 over the same period.

Ten industry sectors expanded, one was unchanged, and two sectors contracted in August. Private sector employment increased by 6,700 jobs while government employment increased by 13,100 jobs.

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