Tuesday, December 26, 2017
OLYMPIA Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 4.5 percent in November, despite preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that indicate the state added 9,800 jobs over the month.
“While the unemployment rate didn’t change, Washington’s economic outlook is bright,” state Labor office economist Paul Turek said.
“Unemployment stands at a record low, businesses are adding jobs and more people are joining the labor force. That’s great news for everyone as we head into the holidays,” he said.
The Employment Security Department released the seasonally adjusted, preliminary job estimates from BLS as part of its November Monthly Employment Report. The department also announced that October’s previously announced gain of 6,900 jobs was revised downward to 6,300 jobs.
The national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in November.