Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

Posted May 19, 2017

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Meantime, the previously declared gain of 1,300 jobs in March was revised down by more than half, to a net 600 job gain, the state labor agency said.

There were 21,200 more people employed in April than in March and 11,800 more unemployed, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 63% of people who participated in the survey said that there has been no significant change in unemployment in the last 3 years.

The sectors with the largest reductions in jobs were education and health services (-1,200), financial activities (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (-900), professional and business services (-900) and manufacturing (-800). That is 0.3 of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent.

Australian employers increased hiring for a seventh consecutive month, reflecting a broad recovery in the nation's labor market. "This continues to indicate that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and many are finding work".

MA employers added 3,900 jobs in April, rebounding after a sluggish March.

Since April 2016, Oregon's construction sector grew the fastest of the major industries, adding 6,400 jobs, or 7.2 percent. Every metro area except Valdosta saw fewer first-time claims.

Construction with 13,700 new jobs. He took over the state in midst of the recession in 2010 when the state's unemployment rate was almost 10 percent. Trade, transportation and utilities lost 1,400 posts. But the pace of raises slowed since December's 2.9% increase-the strongest gain since June 2009.

Civilian labor force statistics include nonmilitary workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. That total represents an increase of 145,983 over the past 12 months. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events, such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings.