Washington gained an estimated 10,200 jobs in June, though unemployment remained steady at an estimated rate of 8.3 percent, according to new figures from the state Employment Security Department.
More than 290,000 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in June, including 144,855 people who claimed unemployment benefits.
Despite the unemployment, state officials said job growth remains steady.
“We’re gradually building momentum on the job front,” said Mark Berreth, a labor economist with the Employment Security Department, in a press release. “We’ve now regained more than half the number of jobs we lost during the recession.”
With June’s new job gains, the state has seen an estimated 111,400 jobs created since February 2010, which includes a private-sector gain of about 123,600 jobs coupled with a public-sector loss of about 12,200.
All of the state’s numbers were seasonally adjusted.
By the Numbers
Industry with the largest jobs gain in June: Professional and business services, up an estimated 5,000 jobs
Industry with the largest loss: Education and health services, down an estimated 2,500 jobs
Federal, state and local government jobs lost in June: 1,800
Washington’s estimated unemployment rate in June 2012: 8.3 percent
Unemployment rate in June 2011: 9.3 percent
Number of people who exhausted their unemployment benefits in June: 4,584