Washington Unemployment Rate 5.7%

Washington unemployment rate increases to 6.4 percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.7 percent last month.

Numbers released Wednesday by the state’s Employment Security Department show that the September jobless rate was up from August’s 5.6 percent rate.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the seasonally adjusted, nonfarm employment dropped by 600 from August to September. Industries that saw the biggest gains include construction, retail trade, government and financial activities. Hospitality and leisure had the biggest loss last month, followed by education and health services and transportation, warehousing and utilities.

The national unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.

Paul Turek, an economist with the Employment Security Department, says while job growth has moderated since the start of the summer, the state is still on pace to deliver the best overall job growth since 2005.