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Washington Jobless Rate Holds Steady In June

Andreas Klinke Johannsen

The unemployment rate held steady in Washington state in June. It stands at 6.8 percent according to the monthly update released in Olympia Wednesday.

For state labor economist Paul Turek, the biggest headline is found is deeper in the numbers. He sees signs of stronger hiring in the private sector. That has the side effect of motivating new job seekers to join -- or rejoin -- the labor force.

"We're seeing -- four years after the recession was declared over -- more decent signs of recovery taking place."

Turek says this month's jobs report shows the strong gains in the private sector are again offset to a degree by continued shrinkage in state and local government.

Tuesday, Oregon reported a slight uptick in its statewide jobless rate to 7.9 percent. That's the first increase in Oregon in eight months.

On the web:

Monthly Unemployment Report - Washington State Employment Security Dept. 

Now semi-retired, Tom Banse covered national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reported from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events unfolded. Tom's stories can be found online and were heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.