(COLIN HAFFNER/Chewelah Independent)
Unemployment up in Stevens County from previous years…
Washington State’s Employment Security Department released its report on the state’s job market Wednesday stating that April saw more growth in the hiring rate while the unemployment rate rose just a tick.
According to the ESD report, 13,500 jobs were added across the state in April. Those numbers followed a rebound of sorts in the hiring market during March when nearly 28,000 jobs were added.
Though the number of hires continued a positive trend, the unemployment rate went up from 4.6 percent in March to 4.7 percent in April, the report said. This number could be attributed to an increasing labor force, employed and unemployed persons age 16 and older, across the state. In total the state’s labor force reached 3,870,100 people, 8,100 more than in March.
Labor market numbers in Stevens County were not updated through April through the ESD but did show a small unemployment increase in March over March 2018 after showing a significant drop of 1.1 percent in February rates, going from 10 percent in 2018 to 8.9 percent in February 2019. The ESD numbers showed an increase in unemployment to 9.6 percent in March as opposed to 9.2 percent in March 2018.
The ESD report also showed an increase of the civilian labor force for Stevens County by more than 1,000 from April 2018 to March 2019, jumping from 18,344 to 19,357, though employment numbers for that timeframe only grew by less than 600 from 16,941 in 2018 to 17,501 in March 2019.
Through the whole state, the largest employment increases by industry over the past year, not seasonally adjusted, were in education and health services, 18,200 jobs, professional and business services, 16,900 jobs, and leisure and hospitality, 12,500 jobs, according to the ESD report.