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WASHINGTON STATE UNEMPLOYMENT JUMPS SHARPLY IN NOVEMBER

 WASHINGTON STATE UNEMPLOYMENT JUMPS SHARPLY IN NOVEMBER
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington's jobless rate jumped more than half a percentage point to 6.3 percent in November as a result of seasonal layoffs, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner announced today.
 The rate was significantly higher than the 5.2 percent registered in November 1990, but below the comparable national rate of 6.6 percent.
 "This typical increase for November was the result of seasonal pullbacks that normally occur as the resource-based industries of forest products, agriculture and food processing slow down with wetter weather," Stoner said. "As a result, unemployment mounted sharply in the outlying areas and held virtually unchanged in the major metropolitan regions."
 Nonfarm employment dropped by 4,800 workers. The reduction was the biggest for November in five years and contrasts with an increase of 9,000 on average from 1988 to 1990. Impacts associated with the national recession together with seasonal losses hit the state hard in construction (-6,800) and services (-3,100). All segments of construction were down: general building (-1,400), public works (-1,900) and special trades (-3,600). At the same time, services suffered a heavy reduction in business services (-1,800) and more specifically at temporary help agencies (-1,200).
 On the plus side were gains in wholesale and retail trade (+2,100) and state and local government (+8,900). The former reflected buildup for the holiday buying season. The latter was split evenly between further staffing in education (+4,500) and temporary election help (+4,300).
 The department's Chief Economist Dennis Fusco said over the year total non-farm employment was down 13,900 workers.
 "This is the first year-to-year drop since 1983 when the state was pulling out of the 1981-82 recession," Fusco added. "The state entered 1991 with a 70,000 job increase which rapidly deteriorated as the economy slowed."
 Construction (-11,200) and trade (-12,700) have led the shortfall, with manufacturing off 6,900. The only ongoing strength is centered in health services (+7,200) and state and local government (+15,000).
 WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
 LABOR MARKET AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS BRANCH
 RESIDENT LABOR FORCE AND EMPLOYMENT
 IN WASHINGTON STATE AND LABOR MARKET AREAS
 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 NOVEMBER 1991 PRELIMINARY A/
 Unemploy-Unemp.
 Labor Force Employment ment Rate
 Washington State total 2,458,100 2,304,400 153,700 6.3
 Bellingham MSA 69,300 65,100 4,200 6.1
 Bremerton MSA 83,200 79,100 4,100 4.9
 Olympia MSA 82,400 77,600 4,800 5.8
 Seattle PMSA 1,115,800 1,063,400 52,400 4.7
 King County B/ 879,700 840,200 39,500 4.5
 Snohomish County B/ 236,200 223,200 13,000 5.5
 Spokane MSA 172,500 161,500 11,000 6.4
 Tacoma PMSA 244,700 229,200 15,500 6.3
 Tri-Cities MSA 71,900 65,500 6,400 8.9
 Benton County B/ 55,200 51,300 3,900 7.1
 Franklin County B/ 16,600 14,200 2,400 14.5
 Vancouver PMSA 126,100 117,900 8,200 6.5
 Yakima MSA 93,200 81,400 11,800 12.7
 Adams 7,660 6,280 1,380 18.0
 Asotin 8,940 8,530 410 4.6
 Clallam 22,960 21,160 1,800 7.8
 Columbia 1,260 1,100 160 12.7
 Cowlitz 37,740 34,550 3,190 8.5
 Ferry 3,120 2,850 270 8.7
 Garfield 890 850 40 4.5
 Grant 26,550 23,810 2,740 10.3
 Grays Harbor 25,710 22,850 2,860 11.1
 Island 22,020 20,950 1,070 4.9
 Jefferson 8,720 8,170 550 6.3
 Kittitas 12,700 11,360 1,340 10.6
 Klickitat 7,880 7,020 860 10.9
 Lewis 22,960 20,620 2,340 10.2
 Lincoln 3,920 3,660 260 6.6
 Mason 15,260 14,160 1,100 7.2
 Okanogan 16,970 14,770 2,200 13.0
 Pacific 7,110 6,330 780 11.0
 Pend Oreille 3,100 2,760 340 11.0
 San Juan 5,760 5,510 250 4.3
 Skagit 40,140 36,520 3,620 9.0
 Skamania 2,120 1,720 400 18.9
 Stevens 11,320 10,160 1,160 10.2
 Wahkiakum 1,230 1,130 100 8.1
 Walla Walla 22,980 21,380 1,600 7.0
 Wenatchee Labor Area 41,680 37,880 3,800 9.1
 Chelan County B/ 27,870 25,110 2,760 9.9
 Douglas County B/ 13,810 12,770 1,040 7.5
 Whitman 18,290 17,660 630 3.4
 A/ Official U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 B/ Estimates are determined by using the Population/Claims Share disaggregation methodology.
 NOTE: Detail may not add due to rounding.
 -0- 1/8/92
 /CONTACT: John Welsh, 206-753-5216, or Dennis Fusco, 206-438-4820, both of the Washington State Employment Security Department/ CO: Washington State Employment Security Department ST: Washington IN: SU: ECO


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