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Washington State Jobless Rate Drops in November

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate for Washington state went down last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate for Washington state went down last month.

OLYMPIA, WA - The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate for Washington state went down last month.  

The BLS says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Washington state in November was 6.8%, down from 7.0% from the month before.

The jobless rate in Benton County was 7.5%. In Franklin County it was 9.7%. The unemployment rate in Yakima County was 8.9%, 7.6% in Klickitat County, 5.9% in Walla Walla County, and 9.5% in Columbia County.  

According to BLS estimates, the number of unemployed people statewide fell by 6,700 in November 2013 compared to October 2013. At the same time, the number of employed people rose by an estimated 2,000. Overall, this amounted to a decrease of 4,700 people in the labor force.

The preliminary November 2013 unemployment rate is 0.8 percentage points below the November 2012 rate of 7.6 percent.

Based on a BLS survey of businesses and governments, Washington lost an estimated 6,000 jobs, over the month, on a  seasonally adjusted basis. Overall, four industries expanded in October, eight contracted and one remained unchanged.

Private-sector employment is estimated to have decreased by 1,400 and government employment fell by 4,600. Employment in financial activities increased by 600. Real estate rental and leasing activity generated 1,100 jobs while finance and insurance employment fell by 500. Leisure and hospitality employment rose by 1,400, as 1,100 jobs were added in arts, entertainment and recreation.

The number of people employed in professional business services fell by 800. The decline was led by a 1,800 drop in professional, scientific and technical services. Administrative and support services added 1,000 jobs. Specialty trade contractor employment declined by 800 which accounted for most of the 1,100 jobs lost in construction. Manufacturing employment fell by a total of 1,400, with 1,300 of the decline occurring in nondurable goods production.

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