Slight dip in Washington State unemployment

Washington’s unemployment rate went down slightly to 4.5 percent in June from May’s rate of 4.6 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department.

The decreased unemployment rate was accompanied by an increase of 3,300 nonfarm jobs (seasonally adjusted).

The pace of growth among various industries was mixed. Industries with the largest employment growth in June were information services, with 1,400 new jobs, education and health services, up 900, professional and business services, up 600, and construction, with 600 new jobs.

Among major industry sectors, the largest declines were reported in government, down 400, wholesale trade, down 300, and manufacturing, down 200.

Since June 2006, 50,800 net new jobs were created in Washington. Over all, nonfarm job growth increased by 1.8 percent, compared to a national rate increase of 1.5 percent.

An estimated 150,400 people (not seasonally adjusted) currently are unemployed and seeking work in Washington. Anyone needing help with his or her interviewing skills or writing a better résumé can get free assistance online at and at local WorkSource offices.