Washington state gained 8,800 jobs in July
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- State officials say that Washington state's job market in July continued to grow even as the unemployment rate saw a slight increase.
Numbers released today the state Employment Security Department show that the unemployment rate for July was 6.9 percent, up from 6.8 percent the prior two months. However, the state added an estimated 8,800 jobs in July, and state economists revised June's job growth of 9,800 up to 10,700 jobs.
Industries that saw the biggest job gains last month were education and health services, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality. Sectors that saw that largest losses were wholesale trade, government and construction.
More than 239,000 people were unemployed and looking for work last month, including 108,214 who claimed unemployment benefits during that same time period.