The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly from 4.5 to 4.6 percent in August, primarily because of a jump in the state’s labor force, state Employment Security Department officials said last week.
“The stronger job market attracted many more job seekers into the labor force in August,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department.
“Although most found jobs, those who didn’t pushed the unemployment rate up a touch. Unemployment remains low and businesses continue to add jobs.”
Washington’s economy added an estimated 2,000 new jobs over the month. The department released the seasonally adjusted, preliminary job estimates from Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of its August Monthly Employment Report.
Clallam County’s unemployment rate for August was 6.2 percent, tied for fourth-highest among the state’s 39 counties.