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Media contacts: Jamie Swift, communications manager, 360-902-0904
                           Dave Wallace, acting chief economist, 360-438-4818

OLYMPIA – Washington added a seasonally adjusted estimate of 1,100 jobs in March, while the unemployment rate edged up from 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent. 

Industries that posted gains in March were professional and business services, up 2,700; wholesale trade, up 1,900; manufacturing, up 1,600; financial activities, up 1,300; mining and logging, up 200; and leisure and hospitality, up 200. 

Jobs were lost in construction, down 2,400; education and health services, down 1,800; government, down 1,300; retail trade, down 700; and transportation, warehousing and utilities, down 700. 

Since March 2010, Washington has added an estimated 33,100 jobs. 

“We’re picking up a little steam,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “The consistent job growth we’re starting to see now is really encouraging.”

An estimated 340,325 people (not seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work, and 228,911 people received unemployment benefits from Washington in March.

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, résumés 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 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 www.go2worksource.com.


Broadcast version

Washington added an estimated eleven-hundred jobs in March, while the unemployment rate edged up from nine-point-one percent to nine-point-two percent. 

Professional and business services, wholesale trade, and manufacturing posted the largest gains.

Among the industries that lost jobs were construction, education and health services, and government.

Washington has added more than thirty-three-thousand jobs in the past twelve months.