Unemployment still high, but some state job-seekers find work

Washington state added an estimated 5,800 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate dipped from 9.2 to 9.1 percent, according...

Washington state added an estimated 5,800 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate dipped from 9.2 to 9.1 percent, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. Since April 2010, Washington has added an estimated 41,500 jobs.

“We’re beginning to see job growth pick up some real momentum,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “It’s tough to not feel optimistic about where we’re going.”

Industries that posted gains in April were construction, up 2,400; professional and business services, up 1,700; manufacturing, up 1,200; retail trade, up 900; transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 900; information, up 900; education and health services, up 900; financial activities, up 500; and wholesale trade, up 200.

Jobs were lost in government, down 2,500; other services, down 800; and leisure and hospitality, down 500.

An estimated 307,737 people (not seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in April, and 217,038 people received unemployment benefits from Washington.

Employment Security is a partner in the statewide WorkSource system, which offers a variety of employment and training services for job seekers, including free help with interviewing skills, resumes and job referrals. WorkSource also can help employers recruit and screen for qualified workers, apply for employment tax breaks and qualify for subsidized employee training.

Locations of local WorkSource offices are listed online at http://www.go2worksource.com . Assistance also is available by phone at (877) 872-5627. In addition, more than 22,000 job openings are posted online at http://www.go2worksource.com .

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