Washington’s unemployment rate held at 4.6 percent in September and preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state gained 13,800 jobs over the month.
“Washington’s economy is in great shape,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department.
“Businesses continue to add jobs and more people are joining the labor force.”
The Employment Security Department released the seasonally adjusted, preliminary jobs estimates from BLS as part of its September Monthly Employment Report.
Clallam County’s unemployment rate stood at 5.9 percent this September, fifth-highest among Washington’s 39 counties.
Last September, the statewide unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. The national unemployment rate was 4.2 percent this September.
Employment Security paid unemployment insurance benefits to 45,929 people in September.
The state’s labor force rose to 3.76 million in September — an increase of 29,900 people from the previous month.
From September 2016 through September 2017, the state’s labor force grew by 91,300.
The labor force is the total number of people, both employed and unemployed, over the age of 16.
Private sector employment increased by 6,000 and government employment increased by 7,800 jobs in September.
This month’s report shows the greatest job growth occurred in government — up 7,800 — and in leisure and hospitality, up 3,400.