Thursday, May 19, 2011

In WA, job news keeps getting better and better.

The latest numbers from the state Employment Security Department (ESD) show Washington still on the right road to recovery, adding an estimated 5,800 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate dipped from 9.2 to 9.1 percent. That makes for a net gain of 41,500 jobs since April 2010.

The biggest increases were seen in construction, up 2,400; professional and business services, up 1,700; manufacturing, up 1,200; retail trade, up 900; transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 900; information, up 900; education and health services, up 900; financial activities, up 500; and wholesale trade, up 200.

Meanwhile, government continued to shrink by 2,500 more jobs.

This continues a slow but steady upward trend (past posts here and here) in Washington's job growth spanning more than a year now. But if you're still looking for a job, Employment Security can help. ESD is a partner in the statewide WorkSource system, which offers a variety of employment and training services for job seekers, including free help with interviewing skills, résumés and job referrals. WorkSource also helps employers recruit and screen for qualified workers, apply for employment tax breaks, and qualify for subsidized employee training.

Visit their website or peruse job listings here. Or phone at 877-872-5627.

To read this blog post in Spanish go here.