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Wash. unemployment rate jumps to 7.8 percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state's estimated unemployment rate increased to 7.8 percent in January, up from December's rate of 7.1 percent.

Spokane County's unemployment rate currently stands at 9.6 percent. Out of the 39 counties in Washington, 19 have an unemployment rate above 10 percent. For a county by county map of statewide unemployment rates, click here

The rate was calculated by the Employment Security Department.

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Data is normally provided from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, but that information was delayed due to a computer project.

The state had 56,000 fewer jobs last month than in January 2008, a 1.9 percent decrease. Nationally, employment declined 2.9 percent over the past year.

Job losses were seen in most industries, but the largest declines were in manufacturing, which cut 4,900 jobs, information services, down 3,300 jobs, construction, down 2,400 jobs, motor vehicles and parts dealers, down 1,400, truck transportation, down 1,300, merchant wholesalers of durable goods, down 1,000, computer-system design and related services, down 1,000, and accommodation and food services, which lost 900 jobs.

"These are rough times for the unemployed, but it's also an opportunity to get some training for a new career," said Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee.  "Everyone who has lost a job recently should check with WorkSource to see if they qualify for any of our training assistance programs."

There was job growth in some areas, including merchant wholesalers of nondurable goods and arts, entertainment and recreation.

An estimated 303,570 people are seeking work in the state.

Job seekers can find out about training programs and get help looking for work at Employment Security's affiliated WorkSource offices across the state, where a variety of employment services are offered, including free help with interviewing skills or résumés and with job referrals.  In addition, nearly 15,000 current job openings are posted on www.go2worksource.com.

What to do if you are laid off

It has been a tough time for U.S. employment. More than 3.6 million Americans have lost their jobs since early 2008, with nearly 600,000 of those jobs cut in January. While some people have found new positions, the nation's unemployment rate stands at 7.6 percent. What should you do if you have lost (or are at risk of losing) a job? Click here for 9 things you should do

300 Spokane Valley employees given notice of layoffs

Itronix, a Spokane Valley company that manufactures rugged laptops and other mobile devices, announced Monday that 300 employees from the Spokane Valley plant will be laid off. The layoffs become effective April 24, however operations at the Spokane Valley plant will continue through June.

A spokeswoman for the company says 80 of the 300 employees notified of the layoffs will be offered an opportunity to work remotely or relocate. The company spokeswoman says the company is redrawing its business model and moving operations to Sunrise, Florida. More...

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Tuesday night in Washington, President Obama will address Congress and the nation. He'll make the case for his economic agenda and budget plans and sketch out his major goals.

Look for the president to use the grim economic facts as part of his argument tonight. Not only are big changes possible, he'll say, they're necessary.

Before Congress and the nation tonight aides say President Obama will put the thorniest issues on the table. He'll push to reform Social Security and the tax code and to transform health care. All, he'll say, to benefit America's bottom line

President Obama said "the biggest source of our deficits is the rising cost of health care. It's a challenge that impacts businesses, workers and families alike." More...

 




 

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