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WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT: WASHINGTON STATE UNEMPLOYMENT EASES IN AUGUST

 OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A drop in the labor force coupled with an increase in seasonal employment pushed Washington's unemployment rate down from 8.2 percent to 7.7 percent in August, Commissioner Vernon Stoner announced Tuesday.
 "The drop in the labor force was the result of students and part- time workers quitting their search for jobs and other workers taking unpaid leave," explained Stoner. "The half a percentage point drop was normal for the month."
 Seasonally-adjusted, the state's jobless rate inched lower from 8.6 percent to 8.3 percent but remained well above the national average at 6.7 percent in August.
 Total nonfarm employment fell by 2,900 workers over the month. However, the loss was driven by a 12,700 summer cutback in primary and secondary education, according to Dennis Fusco, chief economist for the department.
 "The private sector actually gained 8,900 workers," Fusco said. "Construction was up by 3,800 -more than the 2,500 average for August over the past two years."
 Trade was flat, with a 700 loss in wholesaling offset by a 700 increase in retailing. A lull between summer and back-to-school sales led to a 600 worker reduction in apparel and accessories. But there was a 600-worker gain at eating and drinking establishments.
 Services mounted by 1,200 led by gains in temporary help services (+800). Health care added 200. Meanwhile, manufacturing rose over the month by 3,400. Seasonal gains in food processing (+4,400) were responsible for most of the buildup in the basic goods-producing sector. Transportation equipment (-900) and forest products (-600) were both negative. However, the rest of manufacturing was largely unchanged. Government (-11,800) was pulled back by seasonal cutbacks in K-12 education.
 Over the year, Washington's nonfarm employment was up 13,300 in August. Services (+14,300) and trade (+5,700) have accounted for most of the net new job growth in the state over the past 12 months. The lead came from business services (+4,900), health care (3,500), social services (+2,900), and retail food (+2,600) and eating and drinking establishments (+2,200). Construction has added 4,000. Manufacturing has lost 9,100 with aerospace down 9,000 and forest products off by 2,400.
 RESIDENT LABOR FORCE AND EMPLOYMENT
 IN WASHINGTON STATE AND LABOR FORCE MARKET AREAS
 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 AUGUST 1993 PRELIMINARY (A)
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 Unemploy- Unemp.
 Labor Force Employment ment Rate
 Washington State Total 2,618,500 2,416,700 201,800 7.7
 Bellingham MSA 73,700 68,200 5,500 7.5
 Bremerton MSA 86,800 80,500 6,300 7.3
 Olympia MSA 87,800 81,300 6,500 7.4
 Seattle PMSA 1,148,100 1,070,200 77,900 6.8
 King County (B) 887,400 827,300 60,100 6.8
 Snohomish County (B) 260,700 242,900 17,800 6.8
 Spokane MSA 181,300 170,200 11,100 6.1
 Tacoma PMSA 262,500 240,200 22,300 8.5
 Tri-Cities MSA 82,700 76,000 6,700 8.1
 Benton County (B) 62,800 58,300 4,500 7.2
 Franklin County (B) 19,800 17,700 2,100 10.6
 Vancouver PMSA 136,500 127,200 9,300 6.8
 Yakima MSA 113,400 99,800 13,600 12.0
 Adams 8,390 7,450 940 11.2
 Asotin 10,410 9,870 540 5.2
 Clallam 26,940 24,070 2,870 10.7
 Columbia 1,360 1,200 160 11.8
 Cowlitz 38,190 34,420 3,770 9.9
 Ferry 3,210 2,860 350 10.9
 Garfield 1,060 1,020 40 3.8
 Grant 31,640 28,700 2,940 9.3
 Grays Harbor 27,150 23,190 3,960 14.6
 Island 23,790 22,340 1,450 6.1
 Jefferson 10,020 9,290 730 7.3
 Kittitas 13,230 11,200 2,030 15.3
 Klickitat 8,620 7,550 1,070 12.4
 Lewis 27,270 24,540 2,730 10.0
 Lincoln 5,110 4,870 240 4.7
 Mason 15,940 14,450 1,490 9.3
 Okanogan 21,610 19,150 2,460 11.4
 Pacific 8,130 7,190 940 11.6
 Pend Oreille 3,590 3,190 400 11.1
 San Juan 7,660 7,340 320 4.2
 Skagit 45,030 40,790 4,240 9.4
 Skamania 2,210 1,770 440 19.9
 Stevens 12,920 11,670 1,250 9.7
 Wahkiakum 1,230 1,120 110 8.9
 Walla Walla 23,820 22,440 1,380 5.8
 Wenatchee Labor Area 48,470 43,260 5,210 10.7
 Chelan County (B) 32,010 28,280 3,730 11.7
 Douglas County (B) 16,470 14,980 1,490 9.0
 Whitman 18,870 18,220 650 3.4
 (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- 9/28/93
 /CONTACT: Dennis Fusco 206-438-4820, or Michael Wilson 206-753-5216, both of the Washington State Employment Security Department/


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