Unusually Strong Job Gains Recorded In Wash. During January

By Tom Banse

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington recorded unusually strong job gains in January. That's according to new numbers released today (Weds.) by the state Employment Department. A regular survey of businesses found more than 24-thousand new jobs created. The state's chief labor economist, Joe Elling, says there's evidence of gathering "momentum" in the economy. But the January job gains are so strong, he doesn't quite believe them.

Joe Elling: "I want to emphasize that this is a preliminary estimate. Over the course of the last three to four years, the January employment estimates have undergone substantial revisions."

Despite the job gains, Washington's unemployment rate for January remained unchanged at seven and a half (7.5) percent.
Oregon updated its jobless numbers yesterday (Tues.). It reported modest job gains in January. Oregon's unemployment rate stayed level at 8-point-4 percent.


Monthly Unemployment Report (Washington Employment Security Dept.) -

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