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Jobless Rates Virtually Unchanged for WA and OR

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The jobless numbers for Washington state and Oregon virtually stayed the same from May to June. 

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Washington state remains at 6.8% this month while the economy gained about 9,800 jobs.

Industries with the most estimated job gains in June were construction, up 4,100; professional and business services, also up 4,100; leisure and hospitality, up 3,800; education and health services, up 1,600; wholesale trade, up 600; retail trade, up 500; transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 400; information, up 400; and financial activities, up 200.

Only two industries showed job losses last month in Washington state.Manufacturing had a slight drop of about 200 jobs. Meanwhile, government jobs dropped about 5,900 in June, more than offsetting the large estimated increase of 3,800 jobs in May. 

Economists say the large swings in the government numbers, principally in public education, are likely due to hiring and layoff patterns occurring earlier or later than usual, which throw off the seasonal adjustment factors.

So far, Washington state has regained about 84 percent (172,400) of the 205,000 jobs it lost during the recession.

In June, an estimated 237,100 people (seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work. That includes 114,479 who claimed unemployment benefits last month.

In Oregon, the jobless rate ticked up last month one tenth of a percent, and hiring was weak.

The State Employment Department says the unemployment rate went virtually unchanged, going from 7.8% in May to 7.9% in June.

A survey of businesses put the non farm payroll employment down by 1,000 jobs, the first decline since September.

The agency says the state added about 4,700 jobs in May.

June hiring was stronger was stronger than expected in leisure and hospitality businesses, such as restaurants and bars. It was weaker than usual in trade, transportation and utility sectors.