Although the unemployment percentage came in a bit higher for August, the state continued to add jobs, making it eleven straight months in a row where this has occurred. The total estimated jobs are 5,300, seasonally adjusted.
Top industries that saw an increase in the number of jobs in August (in order of number of new jobs) include government (mainly K-12 education); retail trade; wholesale trade; construction; transportation, warehousing and utilities; information services; education and health services; other services; and leisure and hospitality. Some industries saw a positive change from July’s numbers, which showed a decrease in job adds for wholesale trade, government, construction, and other services.
Industries that saw a decline in jobs (in order of number of jobs lost) include manufacturing, financial activities, professional and business services, and mining and logging. Financial activities and professional and business services saw a negative change from July’s numbers, where these industries had seen an increase in the number of jobs added at that time.
The Employment Security Department estimates that the state has added about 62,500 jobs so far this year, moving the percentage of jobs lost during the recession to 85%, up from 83% from the previous month’s report. Specifically, King County and the Everett area have actually regained 100% of the jobs that were lost during the recession. This area also boasts an unemployment rate of about 5.2% and in August, held approximately 44% of all the jobs in the state and 1/3 of the state’s unemployed.
August’s estimates for those unemployed and looking for work was about 242,500, a slight increase from the July number of 239,600. For those looking for work, WorkSource has listed over a hundred new job postings just today with approximately 2,705 total openings in Tacoma/Pierce County alone.