OLYMPIA, Wash. -Economists
with the state Employment Security Department say the latest job numbers may be
too good to be true.
The new numbers show the
state reportedly gained more than 24,000 jobs in January, but the state economists
say that number is too high to be accurate.
The Employment Security
Department says it's been more than 17 years since the state saw that much job
growth in one month.
The economists say the
numbers are likely to be revised.
The new jobs report
shows Washington's unemployment rate remains unchanged at 7.5 percent.
An estimated 261,000
people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in January, including
more than 151,000 who claimed unemployment benefits.
More than 3,300
unemployed workers ran out of unemployment benefits last month. A total of
128,808 people have exhausted their benefits since extended benefits were
activated in July 2008.