Despite preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that indicate the state added 9,800 jobs over the month, Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 4.5 percent in November.
“While the unemployment rate didn’t change, Washington’s economic outlook is bright,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Unemployment stands at a record low, businesses are adding jobs and more people are joining the labor force.”
The Employment Security Department released the seasonally adjusted, preliminary job estimates from the bureau as part of its November Monthly Employment Report.
Clallam County’s unemployment rate for November was 5.9 percent, tied for eighth-highest among the state’s 39 counties.
The department also announced that October’s previously announced gain of 6,900 jobs was revised downward to 6,300 jobs.
In November last year, the statewide unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.
The national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in November and 3.8 percent in the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area.