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STATEWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT INCHES HIGHER IN JUNE, WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT SAYS

 STATEWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT INCHES HIGHER IN JUNE,
 WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT SAYS
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June rose a slight one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.8 percent, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner announced Tuesday.
 "While the increase was relatively modest, the pattern reversed two consecutive months of decline and underscored the slow pace of hiring in the state," Stoner said. "It would be surprising if the unemployment rate had continued to fall given the serious weakness at the national level."
 The national jobless rate jumped from 7.5 percent in May to 7.8 percent in June, marking the second month in a row the national rate increased by three-tenths of a percentage point.
 Nonfarm wage and salary employment increased by 10,200 over the month -- half the 10-year average for June. A weak buildup in construction (+1,500) and an outright job loss in government (-5,300) held back the rate of growth. Construction showed no change in residential building payrolls at a time when activity normally mounts and government reduced not only education staff with the onset of summer but also 3,500 one-day election workers hired for the May Presidential Primary.
 Manufacturing payrolls inched up by 1,000 according to Dennis Fusco, chief economist for the department. Seasonal gains occurred in lumber and wood products (+400), food processing (+600), and paper and allied products (+500).
 "These gains were offset by further cutbacks in aircraft manufacturing (-1,100). Since January, 4,300 workers have been trimmed from the industry's payrolls," Fusco added. "The Boeing Co. has announced plans to reduce 6,500 jobs this year."
 Services (+3,400) and trade (+7,600) provided the bulk of new job gains. Retailing (+5,800) was up significantly at apparel (+1,500) and eating and drinking establishments (+3,100). Seasonal gains were also responsible for boosts at amusement and recreation facilities (+1,000), hotels (+400), and temporary help services (+700). Health services was up 1,800.
 Over the year, Washington's nonfarm wage and salary employment has expanded by 15,500 workers. The margin has narrowed since the first of the year but is holding positive at a time when the national job count is flat. Manufacturing is off by 6,600 and construction shows basically no change. However, growth continues in services (+14,700) and government (+7,800).
 Washington State Employment Security Department
 Labor Market and Economic Analysis Branch
 RESIDENT LABOR FORCE AND EMPLOYMENT
 IN WASHINGTON STATE AND LABOR FORCE MARKET AREAS
 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 JUNE 1992 PRELIMINARY /1
 Unemploy- Unemp.
 Labor Force Employment ment Rate
 Washington State Total 2,626,900 2,457,000 169,900 6.5
 Bellingham MSA 73,500 68,700 4,800 6.5
 Bremerton MSA 88,300 83,500 4,800 5.4
 Olympia MSA 90,700 85,200 5,500 6.1
 Seattle PMSA 1,142,300 1,077,000 65,300 5.7
 King County 2/ 901,000 850,900 50,100 5.6
 Snohomish County 2/ 241,300 226,100 15,200 6.3
 Spokane MSA 182,500 171,700 10,800 5.9
 Tacoma PMSA 265,100 246,700 18,400 6.9
 Tri-Cities MSA 89,500 84,100 5,400 6.0
 Benton County 2/ 69,900 65,900 4,000 5.7
 Franklin County 2/ 19,700 18,300 1,400 7.1
 Vancouver PMSA 133,800 124,100 9,700 7.2
 Yakima MSA 115,500 105,800 9,700 8.4
 Adams 8,270 7,600 670 8.1
 Asotin 10,040 9,540 500 5.0
 Clallam 25,850 23,940 1,910 7.4
 Columbia 2,300 2,170 130 5.7
 Cowlitz 39,140 35,490 3,650 9.3
 Ferry 3,390 3,110 280 8.3
 Garfield 1,120 1,090 30 2.7
 Grant 31,930 29,370 2,560 8.0
 Grays Harbor 26,960 24,140 2,820 10.5
 Island 23,800 22,440 1,360 5.7
 Jefferson 9,580 8,910 670 7.0
 Kittitas 13,760 12,190 1,570 11.4
 Klickitat 8,340 7,480 860 10.3
 Lewis 27,000 24,480 2,520 9.3
 Lincoln 4,510 4,310 200 4.4
 Mason 15,490 14,280 1,210 7.8
 Okanogan 20,830 19,000 1,830 8.8
 Pacific 8,800 8,100 700 8.0
 Pend Oreille 3,720 3,320 400 10.8
 San Juan 7,560 7,280 280 3.7
 Skagit 43,950 40,220 3,730 8.5
 Skamania 2,280 1,750 530 23.2
 Stevens 13,030 11,470 1,560 12.0
 Wahkiakum 1,250 1,140 110 8.8
 Walla Walla 24,380 23,100 1,280 5.3
 Wenatchee Labor Area 50,880 47,170 3,710 7.3
 Chelan County 2/ 33,920 31,270 2,650 7.8
 Douglas County 2/ 16,960 15,900 1,060 6.3
 Whitman 17,540 17,060 480 2.7
 1/ Official U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
 data.
 2/ Estimates are determined by using the Population/Claims Share
 disaggregation methodology.
 Note: Detail may not add due to rounding.
 -0- 8/4/92
 /CONTACT: Dennis Fusco, 206-438-4820, or Michael Wilson, 206-753-5216, both of the Washington State Employment Security Department/ CO: Washington State Employment Security Department ST: Washington IN: SU:


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