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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.8 Percent in Washington State

Posted by on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Hurrah! November's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in Washington State, and according to Governor Chris Gregoire's office this represents both "the first time the unemployment rate has dropped below eight percent since January 2009" and "the largest one-month decline in thirty-five years."

The county-by-county numbers for November aren't out yet, but here's how things looked for this state's counties in October:

Octobers county-by-county unemployment rates.
  • Employment Security Department
  • October's county-by-county unemployment rates. (Click to enlarge.)


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Will in Seattle 1
And so the long sad tale of we industrious Blue states creating jobs while the 1 percent export them continues.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 2
12 of the 100 people in Wahkiakum Co. are out of a job? IMPOSE AUSTERITY!
Posted by Max Solomon on December 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 3
Are they back to work or just not collecting the UI check?
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on December 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM · Report this
King county basically doesn't have an unemployment problem at this point. Awesome.
Posted by OOF POOF on December 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
Cascadian 7
My experience is that everyone's working, but in much crappier jobs than we had four years ago. Yay?
Posted by Cascadian on December 19, 2012 at 5:03 PM · Report this
I don't mean to hijack this thread but perhaps someone at the Stranger will manage to break the deafening silence about Obama and congressional Democrats getting ready to slash Social Security? No? Goldy? What about Paul who surely must have ran out of Romney stories by now?
Posted by anon1256 on December 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM · Report this
Joe Elling, chief labor economist for Employment Security, said that the newest number reflects an increase in the number of those employed, but it also indicates a drop in the labor force, so-called discouraged workers who have stopped actively looking for work or just retired early. The unemployment rate is calculated by dividing the estimated number of unemployed who have sought work within the past four weeks by the state's total civilian labor force.

Elling said that if those discouraged workers hadn't dropped out of the labor force, November's rate would be closer to 10 percent.…
Posted by anon1256 on December 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM · Report this
I guess no one smokes any more.

Well except for the people writing hundreds of reviews about their favorite brand over at Cigreviews.

Not much good to say about these. In high school they were popular because you could put a bump of cocaine in the recessed filter. But as a cigarette the taste is meh, they burn fast, and they cost more than most other brands. Unless you're a cokehead skip on these.

Thanks for that information about Parliament, SantoSubito!…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM · Report this
@7, Doing that now. Most of what's being put out there for employment is crap and many of the better positions have hundreds of applicants.…

@9,@10 yes exactly
Posted by neo-realist on December 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM · Report this

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