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State unemployment rate stays steady

Washington’s unemployment rate held steady at 8.9 percent, while the private sector picked up 900 jobs.

Overall, payrolls were down 2,000 in August due to the elimination of an estimated 2,900 government jobs.

Industries that added jobs in August were education and health services, up 500; manufacturing, up 400; information, up 400; financial activities, up 300; leisure and hospitality, up 300; and wholesale trade, up 200.

Jobs were lost in government, down 2,900; transportation, warehousing and utilities, down 400; other services, down 400; professional and business services, down 200; retail trade, down 100; and construction, down 100.

Year over year, Washington had 20,700 fewer jobs last month than in August 2009, a 0.7 percent decrease. Nationally, employment grew by 0.2 percent over the past year.

An estimated 310,876 people (not seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work, and 235,483 people received unemployment benefits from Washington in August.

Employment Security 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 can help employers recruit and screen for qualified workers, apply for employment tax breaks and qualify for subsidized employee training.

Locations of local WorkSource offices are listed online at www.go2worksource.com. Assistance also is available by phone at 877-872-5627.

In addition, more than 19,000 job openings are posted online at www.go2worksource.com.

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