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WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT: STATE JOBLESSNESS DROPS SEASONALLY IN MAY

 OLYMPIA, Wash., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington's unemployment rate dropped by nearly half a percentage point in May to 7.2 percent, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner announced today.
 "Normal seasonal upturns in agriculture, construction and trade were primarily behind the improved labor market picture," he said. "The seasonally adjusted rate was flat at 7.6 percent, virtually unchanged for the past three months. The rate nationally registered 6.9 percent."
 Some 16,800 workers were added to the state's nonfarm employment rolls, less than the 22,000 increase posted in May a year ago. But the expansion was broad-based and reflected typical upward movements in many key industries. Wholesale and retail trade mounted by 6,300 jobs mostly centered in eating and drinking establishments (+3,600) with the onset of the tourist season. Payrolls in services climbed by 4,200 boosted by widespread gains in business services (+2,000), hotels and lodging (+1,400), and primary health care (+600).
 "Continued wet weather put a damper on construction causing a fairly modest gain of only 2,300 jobs in May -- about half the normal increase for the month," said Dennis Fusco, chief economist for the department. "Restructuring in banking pulled employment in the finance sector down by 100. Fiscal restraints and an end to the legislative session checked the growth in government (+1,400). Manufacturing inched higher by 2,300 workers with outsized gains in food processing (+2,200) countered by losses in aircraft and parts (-1,200)."
 Over the year, Washington's nonfarm employment was up 23,700 in May. Ongoing strength in services (+19,900) and trade (+8,300) has largely set the pace. Notable gains have centered in health care (+5,900) and business services (+5,000). Losses in finance, insurance and real estate (-2,200) have been offset by gains in construction (+2,200). Local government (including K-12 education) has added 5,300 workers but, manufacturing has shed 6,600 workers over the past 12 months due most specifically to realignment in aircraft and parts (-8,400).
 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)
 MAY 1993 PRELIMINARY /A
 Unemploy- Unemp.
 Labor Force Employment ment Rate
 Washington State Total 2,622,900 2,433,300 189,600 7.2
 Bellingham MSA 72,800 67,500 5,300 7.3
 Bremerton MSA 86,600 80,800 5,800 6.7
 Olympia MSA 88,000 82,300 5,700 6.5
 Seattle PMSA 1,162,200 1,090,100 72,100 6.2
 King County B/ 898,000 842,700 55,300 6.2
 Snohomish County B/ 264,200 247,400 16,800 6.4
 Spokane MSA 184,700 173,700 11,000 6.0
 Tacoma PMSA 264,600 243,400 21,200 8.0
 Tri-Cities MSA 83,700 78,000 5,700 6.8
 Benton County B/ 63,900 59,900 4,000 6.3
 Franklin County B/ 19,800 18,100 1,700 8.6
 Vancouver PMSA 135,500 126,600 8,900 6.6
 Yakima MSA 108,900 95,900 13,000 11.9
 Adams 7,930 6,930 1,000 12.6
 Asotin 9,150 8,670 480 5.2
 Clallam 24,860 22,800 2,060 8.3
 Columbia 2,230 2,080 150 6.7
 Cowlitz 38,970 34,900 4,070 10.4
 Ferry 3,170 2,830 340 10.7
 Garfield 1,040 980 60 5.8
 Grant 30,750 27,840 2,910 9.5
 Grays Harbor 26,820 23,130 3,690 13.8
 Island 23,750 22,330 1,420 6.0
 Jefferson 9,680 8,990 690 7.1
 Kittitas 13,650 11,570 2,080 15.2
 Klickitat 8,140 7,070 1,070 13.1
 Lewis 28,160 25,500 2,660 9.4
 Lincoln 4,780 4,550 230 4.8
 Mason 15,830 14,380 1,450 9.2
 Okanogan 19,030 16,800 2,230 11.7
 Pacific 8,000 7,200 800 10.0
 Pend Oreille 3,740 3,290 450 12.0
 San Juan 7,070 6,680 390 5.5
 Skagit 42,770 38,350 4,420 10.3
 Skamania 2,380 1,890 490 20.6
 Stevens 12,940 11,640 1,300 10.0
 Wahkiakum 1,270 1,150 120 9.4
 Walla Walla 25,230 24,010 1,220 4.8
 Wenatchee Labor Area 44,710 40,250 4,460 10.0
 Chelan County B/ 29,530 26,310 3,220 10.9
 Douglas County B/ 15,180 13,940 1,240 8.2
 Whitman 19,720 19,120 600 3.0
 A/ Official U.S. Department 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- 6/29/93
 /CONTACT: Dennis Fusco, 206-438-4820, or Michael Wilson, 206-753-5216, both of Washington State Employment Security Department/


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