OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in January.
The Employment Security Department said Wednesday the state gained about 13,200 jobs last month. December's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent.
Employment Security also announced that December's previous estimate of 11,700 job losses has been reversed to a gain of 100 jobs.
Industry sectors that had the most job growth in January were professional & business services, which added 5,500 jobs; retail trade, up 2,700 jobs; education & health services, up 2,300; wholesale trade, up 1,100; leisure & hospitality, up 1,100; construction, up 900; information, up 500; and financial activities, up 500 jobs.
"These numbers show that our economy is gaining strength, and that's great news to start to the new year," said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause.
Industries with the most job losses included government, down 1,100; other services, down 200; and mining & logging, down 200.
An estimated 291,400 people (seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in January. As of Feb. 25, 74,616 workers in Washington had run out of all unemployment benefits.