Jul 20, 201112:54 PMBlog

Washington adds jobs for 10th straight month

Jul 20, 2011 - 12:54 PM
Washington's economy has posted net job gains for 10 months in a row, including an estimated increase of 3,600 jobs in June.

The job-growth streak was extended after economists revised May's preliminary report to reflect a gain of 2,500 jobs, rather than the initial estimate showing job losses.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly from 9.1 percent in May to 9.2 percent in June.

Industries that posted gains in June were "other services," up 3,700; manufacturing, up 1,300 (mostly aerospace); transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 1,300; professional and business services, up 1,200; wholesale trade, up 1,200; retail trade, up 900; information, up 700; and leisure and hospitality, up 200.

Jobs were lost in government, down 3,000; construction, down 1,800; financial activities, down 1,100; and education and health services, down 1,000.

Since the low point of the recession, the state has added an estimated 59,200 jobs, up from a recession loss of about 206,000.
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