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November jobless rate in Washington holds at 4.3 percent

December 19, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent last month.

According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the rate remains unchanged from October’s jobless rate. The state also added 5,100 jobs in November.

The largest job gains last month were seen in manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and utilities, and leisure & hospitality. Decreases were seen in both financial activities and mining and logging.

Job gains and losses are estimates based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate counts the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for work, and doesn’t include those who have stopped looking for work.

The national unemployment rate for November was 3.7 percent, and the rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett region was 3.3 percent.

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