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Unemployment likely to keep ticking up says President Obama

Washington unemployment rises slightly

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent last month, up from a revised rate of 9.1 percent in May.


WorkSource offices and more than 12,000 current job openings are posted online at www.go2worksource.com. 

Tuesday's report from the state Employment Security Department says nearly 330,000 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in June. A total of 10,500 Washington jobs were lost in June.

"Although we are still in recession, the rate of job loss and the rise in unemployment appear to be moderating somewhat," said Dr. Greg Weeks, who heads Employment Security's labor-market information office.   

Industries with the largest declines were government, which lost 4,600 jobs, retail trade, which cut 2,100, education and health care services, down 1,200 and construction, which also lost 1,200 jobs.

Some industries saw growth. Leisure and hospitality added 500 jobs, and professional and business services were up by 100.

Washington had 117,800 fewer jobs last month than in June 2008, a 4 percent decrease. Nationally, employment declined by 4.1 percent over the past year.

Unemployment likely to keep ticking up says Obama

President Barack Obama says unemployment is likely to tick up for several months as the economy recovers from its deepest downturn in decades.

The president said Tuesday that renewed employment typically lags behind other signs of improvement as a swooning economy turns around.

More than 2 million jobs have been lost since Congress passed Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package. The unemployment rate stands at 9.5 percent, the highest in 26 years.

Obama said the single biggest challenge for the U.S. and other nations is the creation of enough jobs that pay good wages.

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