Unemployment at 8.2 percent In the Evergreen state

Stevens County has the lowest unemployment rate of the three-counties that comprise Northeast Washington, according to recent statistics released by the Washington State Department of Employment Security.

In the most recent report, the ESD reported that unemployment in the county is at 8.2 percent, which is lower than only four counties in Washington.

The highest unemployment rate in the state is in Ferry County (10.1 percent). Pend Oreille County has the state’s second highest unemployment rate (9.2 percent).
The statewide unemployment average is 5.8 percent (seasonally adjusted).

Jobs increased in the state by 2,600 from June to July, 2016. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the private sector lost 1,000 jobs, while the public sector gained 3,600 jobs.
Estimates from July of 2015 to July 2016 indicate that the employment in the state increased by upwards of 100,000.

The state labor force was at 3.62 million as of July (the labor force is the total number of people—both employed and unemployed—over the age of 16.

The latest report indicates that the largest job growth came in the government sector (3,600 new jobs created). Education and health services added another 1,700 jobs. Leisure and hospitality increased by 1,400 jobs.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was at 4.9 percent in July.