OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state's unemployment rate stayed virtually unchanged last month, inching up slightly for the second month in a row.
The state Employment Security Department says the jobless rate for August was 7%, up from 6.9% in July, even as the state added about 5,300 jobs.
The Employment Department says the increase could be the result of a small decline in the total labor force combined with an increase in the number of unemployed who are actively looking for work.
Industries that saw the largest job gains included government, retail trade, and wholesale trade. Sectors that saw decreases include manufacturing, financial activities and professional and business services.
More than 242,000 people were unemployed and looking for work last month, including 102,012 who claimed unemployment benefits during that same time period.