While unemployment statistics might not be as hotly anticipated these days, what with the election over and all, there was still good news to report for Washington in numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today.
According to the latest numbers, which debuted this morning, Washington's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent in October, down .3 percent from September. This represents an addition of 53,200 jobs.
Though, nationwide, unemployment rates remained largely unchanged, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 37 states experienced slight unemployment rate decreases from September to October, and overall the country's unemployment rate in October was down a full 1 percent from the same month in 2011.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in October. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases,
seven states posted rate increases, and six states had no change, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-two states and the District
of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier,
while eight states experienced increases. The national jobless rate, 7.9
percent, was essentially unchanged from September but was 1.0 percentage
point lower than in October 2011.
In October 2012, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 35 states and the
District of Columbia and decreased in 15 states. The largest over-the-month
increase in employment occurred in California (+45,800), followed by Texas
(+36,600) and Georgia (+16,100). The largest over-the-month decrease in
employment occurred in Michigan (-16,500), followed by New Jersey (-11,700)
and Minnesota (-8,100). Utah experienced the largest over-the-month
percentage increase in employment (+0.7 percent), followed by Louisiana
and Montana (+0.6 percent each). Alaska and Rhode Island experienced the
largest over-the-month percentage declines in employment (-0.5 percent each),
followed by Kentucky and Michigan (-0.4 percent each). Over the year,
nonfarm employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia and
decreased in 7 states. The largest over-the-year percentage increase
occurred in North Dakota (+5.3 percent). The largest over-the-year
percentage decrease in employment occurred in West Virginia (-1.5 percent).
You can find the full report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics here.