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WASHINGTON STATE UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT SAYS

 OLYMPIA, Wash., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington's unemployment rate climbed to 9.1 percent in January, the highest for the month since 1987, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner announced Tuesday.
 "This is typically the time of the year when joblessness in the state reaches its seasonal high," Stoner said. "Weather-related cutbacks in construction, agriculture and forest products add to post-Christmas layoffs in services and trade."
 The state's seasonally adjusted rate was 8.1 percent, a full percentage point above the national average of 7.1 percent.
 The labor force and unemployment data for January are not strictly comparable with the prior month nor prior year. The 1992 estimates are expected to be revised upward, according to Dennis Fusco, chief economist for the department.
 Nonfarm wage and salary employment dropped by 51,500 which was normal for the period. The decline reflected seasonal retrenchment throughout the economy, particularly in construction (-7,700), services (-8,800), and wholesale and retail trade (-20,400). Only amusement and recreation (+600) posted significant gains as winter ski activity mounted. Snow and ice conditions, however, pulled back heavy construction (-2,500). Government dropped by 4,000 of which 1,400 were in the federal sector, and 2,100 were in public education.
 Manufacturing was off by 5,400. Forest products (-1,300) and food processing (-1,700) took the lead, but all sectors scaled back marginally over the month. Aerospace cut another 700 workers bringing industry employment to 108,000 compared to 115,500 a year ago and 118,700 at the peak in January 1990. Payrolls in stone, clay and glass fell by 700 reflecting lower demand for basic materials from the construction industry.
 "This month's employment estimates incorporate annual revisions for 1991 and 1992 based upon more complete information from the Unemployment Insurance tax records and other sources and are not comparable with earlier reporting," Fusco said.
 The results showed employment in 1992 rose by 40,700 (or 1.9 percent) on average rather than 20,800 as originally estimated. Growth was stronger notably in trade and services. And the state entered 1993 with January employment up 37,800 from a year ago.
 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)
 JANUARY 1993 PRELIMINARY /A
 Unemploy- Unemp.
 Labor Force Employment ment Rate
 Washington State Total 2,591,700 2,354,600 237,100 9.1
 Bellingham MSA 73,800 66,300 7,500 10.2
 Bremerton MSA 86,900 80,600 6,300 7.2
 Olympia MSA 92,300 85,300 7,000 7.6
 Seattle PMSA 1,155,800 1,077,500 78,300 6.8
 King County B/ 890,600 833,000 57,600 6.5
 Snohomish County B/ 265,200 244,500 20,700 7.8
 Spokane MSA 183,700 168,100 15,600 8.5
 Tacoma PMSA 260,600 237,300 23,300 8.9
 Tri-Cities MSA 77,500 68,100 9,400 12.1
 Benton County B/ 58,000 52,200 5,800 10.0
 Franklin County B/ 19,300 15,800 3,500 18.1
 Vancouver PMSA 132,700 121,800 10,900 8.2
 Yakima MSA 104,100 83,800 20,300 19.5
 Adams 7,420 5,390 2,030 27.4
 Asotin 10,170 9,460 710 7.0
 Clallam 24,960 21,880 3,080 12.3
 Columbia 1,460 1,180 280 19.2
 Cowlitz 39,080 34,200 4,880 12.5
 Ferry 3,150 2,700 450 14.3
 Garfield 960 860 100 10.4
 Grant 28,130 23,550 4,580 16.3
 Grays Harbor 25,310 20,490 4,820 19.0
 Island 23,580 21,880 1,700 7.2
 Jefferson 9,620 8,570 1,050 10.9
 Kittitas 14,230 11,620 2,610 18.3
 Klickitat 7,670 6,190 1,480 19.3
 Lewis 27,590 23,570 4,020 14.6
 Lincoln 4,280 3,900 380 8.9
 Mason 14,600 12,870 1,730 11.8
 Okanogan 18,720 15,260 3,460 18.5
 Pacific 8,710 7,340 1,370 15.7
 Pend Oreille 3,760 3,150 610 16.2
 San Juan 6,210 5,540 670 10.8
 Skagit 42,070 35,950 6,120 14.5
 Skamania 2,360 1,590 770 32.6
 Stevens 12,480 10,670 1,810 14.5
 Wahkiakum 1,250 1,050 200 16.0
 Walla Walla 23,710 21,200 2,510 10.6
 Wenatchee Labor Area 43,660 37,180 6,480 14.8
 Chelan County B/ 29,050 24,310 4,740 16.3
 Douglas County B/ 14,630 12,880 1,750 12.0
 Whitman 19,290 18,590 700 3.6
 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- 3/9/93
 /CONTACT: Dennis Fusco, 206-438-4820, or Michael Wilson, 206-753-5216, both of the Washington State Employment Security Department/


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