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WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT: JOBLESSNESS DROPS SHARPLY IN OCTOBER

 OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Low interest rates and unseasonally mild weather kept employment in construction and many other industries higher than normal and drove Washington's unemployment rate down sharply from 7.4 percent to 7.0 percent in October, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner announced Tuesday.
 "It was the first time in nearly three years the rate was below the comparable month in the previous year," Stoner said. "This year's drop in unemployment from September was larger than normal and pushed the rate below the 7.3 percent recorded in October 1992."
 The seasonally adjusted rate fell from 8.2 percent to 7.5 percent -- the lowest since March -- as the state moved closer to the 6.8 percent national average.
 "Total nonfarm wage and salary employment was practically unchanged, down only 300, at a time when the economy normally sheds several thousand workers," said Dennis Fusco, chief economist for the department. "Instead of losing about 4,000 jobs during the month construction employment was down by only 600."
 Trade (-2,400) and services (-3,900) dropped by only a fraction of what is normal. Retail trade dropped by 1,700 workers with gains in general merchandising (+400) offset by seasonal losses at eating and drinking establishments (-2,100). Business services (+400) and private education (+2,800) both posted gains but amusement and recreation services fell by 5,100.
 The biggest boost was caused by rehiring at public primary and secondary schools (+22,000) throughout the state. Manufacturing (-1,700) showed greater than usual strength in food processing, and lumber and wood products (-800). A buildup in shipbuilding (+300) was offset by seasonal losses in pulp and paper (-400). Cutbacks continued in aircraft and parts (-900) bringing the job loss for the year-to-date to 9,300.
 In the past 12 months, Washington's economy has added 20,500 workers. Services (+11,500) and trade (+8,700) account for much of the lead buoyed by gains in business services (+3,600), social services (+2,800), retail food stores (+2,300), and restaurants and bars (+3,000). Health services employment was up 1,600 from a year ago. Construction was higher by 6,500 and public education by 7,000. Manufacturing, meanwhile, has lost 7,500 workers principally due to cutbacks in forest products (-2,500) and aircraft and parts (-9,900).
 WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
 RESIDENT LABOR FORCE AND EMPLOYMENT
 IN WASHINGTON STATE AND LABOR FORCE MARKET AREAS
 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 OCTOBER 1993 PRELIMINARY(A)
 Unemploy- Unemp.
 Labor Force Employment ment Rate
 Washington State Total 2,701,000 2,513,300 187,700 7.0
 Bellingham MSA 76,300 71,100 5,200 6.8
 Bremerton MSA 88,100 82,000 6,100 6.9
 Olympia MSA 87,700 81,500 6,200 7.1
 Seattle PMSA 1,177,700 1,104,200 73,500 6.2
 King County(B) 910,200 853,600 56,600 6.2
 Snohomish County(B) 267,600 250,600 17,000 6.4
 Spokane MSA 189,900 179,500 10,400 5.5
 Tacoma PMSA 270,500 248,800 21,700 8.0
 Tri-Cities MSA 83,600 77,500 6,100 7.3
 Benton County(B) 63,800 59,500 4,300 6.7
 Franklin County(B) 19,700 18,000 1,700 8.6
 Vancouver PMSA 143,400 134,500 8,900 6.2
 Yakima MSA 121,000 109,900 11,100 9.2
 Adams 8,000 7,300 700 8.8
 Asotin 10,650 10,210 440 4.1
 Clallam 26,060 23,860 2,200 8.4
 Columbia 1,300 1,150 150 11.5
 Cowlitz 39,570 35,780 3,790 9.6
 Ferry 3,250 2,920 330 10.2
 Garfield 1,020 970 50 4.9
 Grant 33,380 30,860 2,520 7.5
 Grays Harbor 26,790 23,140 3,650 13.6
 Island 24,510 22,970 1,540 6.3
 Jefferson 9,980 9,190 790 7.9
 Kittitas 15,040 13,040 2,000 13.3
 Klickitat 8,220 7,460 760 9.2
 Lewis 27,450 24,960 2,490 9.1
 Lincoln 4,590 4,320 270 5.9
 Mason 17,320 15,930 1,390 8.0
 Okanogan 27,480 25,290 2,190 8.0
 Pacific 8,030 7,160 870 10.8
 Pend Oreille 3,570 3,210 360 10.1
 San Juan 6,690 6,320 370 5.5
 Skagit 44,550 40,340 4,210 9.5
 Skamania 2,210 1,830 380 17.2
 Stevens 13,010 11,860 1,150 8.8
 Wahkiakum 1,210 1,090 120 9.9
 Walla Walla 24,230 23,000 1,230 5.1
 Wenatchee Labor Area 54,540 50,570 3,970 7.3
 Chelan County(B) 35,860 33,060 2,800 7.8
 Douglas County(B) 18,680 17,510 1,170 6.3
 Whitman 20,200 19,580 620 3.1
 (A) Official U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
 (B) Estimates are determined by using the Population/Claims Share
 disaggregation methodology.
 Note: Detail may not add due to rounding.
 -0- 11/30/93
 /CONTACT: Dennis Fusco, 206-438-4820, or Michael Wilson, 206-753-5216, both of Washington State Employment Security Department/


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