Washington’s employment situation saw little change in November.
The jobless rate held steady at 9.2 percent and job numbers remained flat, with a modest gain of an estimated 100 jobs over the month. (October’s rate was revised from 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent after more analysis.)
“Job growth is in a holding pattern,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “It underscores why unemployed workers are having a hard time finding jobs and why we need to extend federal emergency unemployment benefits for awhile longer.”
Industries that added jobs last month included education and health services, up 800; professional and business services, up 700; government, up 600; manufacturing, up 600; leisure and hospitality, up 600; and wholesale trade, up 400. The government growth was distributed evenly between federal, state and local government. Not counting higher education, state government lost 200 jobs.
Jobs were lost in construction, down 2,100; financial activities, down 500; information, down 400; transportation, warehousing and utilities, down 300; and other services, down 300.
So far in 2010, Washington has added 10,300 private-sector jobs. Factoring in a substantial loss of government jobs, there has been an estimated net gain of 6,200 jobs during the past 11 months.
]An estimated 322,703 people (not seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work, and 240,201 people received unemployment benefits from Washington in November.