Washington jobless rate drops to 7.8 percent, Stevens County at 9.2 percent

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

The economic recovery seems to be slowing in Washington state, but the numbers still appear to be positive. The Evergreen State saw its unemployment rate drop to 7.8 percent last month, but the economy added just 2,400 jobs.

For comparison, in July, there were 62,400 jobs added to the state economy and in August a total of 69,000 jobs were added.

Washington’s unemployment rate is lower than the national rate, which sits at 7.9 percent, and the Seattle-Bellevue Everett region (where the bulk of the state population resides) has a seven percent unemployment rate.

Stevens County’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in August, down from 11.1 percent in July.

The state saw eight major industries create jobs, while five contracted. The private sector saw an increase of 12,100 jobs while government employment dropped by 9,700. Hospitality and leisure jumped by 6,700 jobs and food services added 3,600 jobs. Construction unemployment rose by 2,700 jobs.

Manufacturing jobs, however, decreased 1,900 with a drop of 1,600 jobs in the aerospace product and parts manufacturing. This comes after Boening announced it would move some of its operations out of state.

The recovery has a long way to go as since September 2019 a total of 203,900 jobs have been lost in the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.