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WASHINGTON STATE UNEMPLOYMENT HIGHER IN SEPTEMBER

 WASHINGTON STATE UNEMPLOYMENT HIGHER IN SEPTEMBER
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington's seasonally


adjusted unemployment rate edged up slightly from 6.8 percent to 6.9 percent in September, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner said Tuesday.
 "This was the first uptick in the overall jobless rate in six months," said Stoner. "Employment growth in the state has slowed, and the economy has been unable to absorb as many new workers."
 Meanwhile, the national jobless rate moved in the opposite direction, dropping one-tenth of a percentage point but is still significantly higher than the state at 7.5 percent.
 Nonfarm wage and salary employment increased over the month by 27,700 workers, according to Dennis Fusco, chief economist for the department.
 Virtually all the gain came in government (+21,900) with the reopening of schools and temporary hiring for the state's primary election. Both construction (-200) and retail trade (+200) were basically flat. Seasonal gains from early farm-to-market shipments of the state's apple crop boosted wholesale trade by 1,200. But an end to the peak tourist season countered by paring employment at hotels and lodging facilities (-600) and eating drinking establishments (-500).
 Manufacturing payrolls were also basically unchanged (+200). Further losses in aerospace (-600) were offset by seasonal gains in food processing (+400) and lumber and wood products (+300). September typically marks the seasonal high for food processing employment in the state and this year capped a near-record 42,400 workers. Output and value of farm production in 1991-92 has been strong.
 "Over the year, Washington's nonfarm wage and salary employment was up only 700 workers in September," Fusco added. "The spread has narrowed sharply in the past six months."
 Manufacturing payrolls were off 10,200 in the latest tally led by losses in aerospace (-7,400), shipbuilding (-1,200), and lumber and wood products (-1,100). Construction (-2,500) and wholesale trade (-1,600) also showed job counts running less than a year ago with gains confined principally to services (+11,400) and local government (+5,200).
 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)
 SEPTEMBER 1992 PRELIMINARY /A
 Unemploy- Unemp.
 Labor Force Employment ment Rate
 Washington State Total 2,579,200 2,419,300 159,900 6.2
 Bellingham MSA 72,700 68,200 4,500 6.2
 Bremerton MSA 86,400 81,600 4,800 5.6
 Olympia MSA 88,500 83,300 5,200 5.9
 Seattle PMSA 1,119,900 1,056,700 63,200 5.6
 King County B/ 883,700 834,900 48,800 5.5
 Snohomish County B/ 236,100 221,800 14,300 6.1
 Spokane MSA 179,300 169,100 10,200 5.7
 Tacoma PMSA 261,200 243,300 17,900 6.9
 Tri-Cities MSA 80,800 75,600 5,200 6.4
 Benton County B/ 62,800 59,200 3,600 5.7
 Franklin County B/ 18,000 16,400 1,600 8.9
 Vancouver PMSA 133,200 125,000 8,200 6.2
 Yakima MSA 113,600 105,500 8,100 7.1
 Adams 8,660 7,810 850 9.8
 Asotin 10,050 9,640 410 4.1
 Clallam 25,600 23,690 1,910 7.5
 Columbia 1,360 1,230 130 9.6
 Cowlitz 38,050 34,650 3,400 8.9
 Ferry 3,310 3,040 270 8.2
 Garfield 1,100 1,040 60 5.5
 Grant 31,400 29,040 2,360 7.5
 Grays Harbor 25,890 23,220 2,670 10.3
 Island 23,180 21,900 1,280 5.5
 Jefferson 9,280 8,640 640 6.9
 Kittitas 13,660 12,240 1,420 10.4
 Klickitat 8,500 7,780 720 8.5
 Lewis 26,990 24,660 2,330 8.6
 Lincoln 4,470 4,310 160 3.6
 Mason 14,300 13,090 1,210 8.5
 Okanogan 23,400 21,920 1,480 6.3
 Pacific 8,540 7,830 710 8.3
 Pend Oreille 3,610 3,250 360 10.0
 San Juan 7,760 7,490 270 3.5
 Skagit 43,070 39,570 3,500 8.1
 Skamania 2,130 1,670 460 21.6
 Stevens 12,750 11,560 1,190 9.3
 Wahkiakum 1,210 1,100 110 9.1
 Walla Walla 23,720 22,520 1,200 5.1
 Wenatchee Labor Area 51,710 48,780 2,930 5.7
 Chelan County B/ 34,380 32,340 2,040 5.9
 Douglas County B/ 17,330 16,440 890 5.1
 Whitman 19,890 19,300 590 3.0
 NOTE A/ Official U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
 NOTE B/ Estimates are determined by using the Population/Claims Share disaggregation methodology.
 Note: Detail may not add due to rounding.
 -0- 11/3/92
 /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: ECO


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