Washington jobs figures show mixed signals

Jul 20, 2011

Washington's employment data is showing mixed signals about the direction of the state's economy.

New figures released Wednesday morning by the Employment Security Department show Washington's unemployment rate grew to 9.2 percent in June, even though a separate indicator showed that the state added 3,600 jobs.

The numbers come from two different surveys. Both surveys were indicating positive numbers about the economy earlier this year, but those signals have grown less clear in the past couple months.

Washington's seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was as high as 10 percent in February 2010. It hasn't been at 9 percent or below in more than two years. May's unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.