Washington state’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in July, holding even with the national jobless rate, state officials said Wednesday.
Over a dozen major U.S.-based companies, including Starbucks and Microsoft, have agreed on a three-year plan to help employ at least 100,000 unemployed and disadvantaged young people.
Washington’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent in March — the first drop in several months.
Washington’s unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent in February, the state Employment Security Department reported on Wednesday.
Washington state’s unemployment rate remained at 5.6 percent last month
The unemployment rate in the Seattle area has dipped below the five percent mark, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The state added an estimated 8,800 jobs in July, but the month’s unemployment rate of 6.9 percent was up a tenth of a percent from the prior two months.
With increasing demand for jobs in the business services sector, Seattle continues to be a promising place for job seekers.
Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent last month. December was the second month in a row with a state jobless rate below 8 percent.
Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent last month, the first time it’s been below 8 percent in nearly four years.