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Jon Talton

Analysis and commentary on economic news, trends and issues, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

Topic: Washington unemployment

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January 27, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Washington’s unusual unemployment trend

One month does not a trend make. But when the state preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent in December, it constituted an undeniable turning point. But to what? First the data. Washington’s Great Recession unemployment rate topped out at 10.2 percent in the first three months of 2010. (This was a better showing…

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December 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Vote: Your job situation in Washington

Earlier this week, the state reported that November unemployment rose to 6.2 percent even though an average of 7,200 jobs have been created this year.  The reason given: More people are re-entering the improving labor market. There’s metro Seattle and there’s the rest of the state. Here a booming economy has driven unemployment down to…

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December 4, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Washington’s long road back to employment, in charts

The damage from the Great Recession isn’t over, not by a long shot. It will linger for years, even in booming Seattle. But Washington is doing much better on the employment front, particularly if the seeming stall in job growth from late summer doesn’t reemerge. Here’s how we got there. 1. The unemployment rate has steadily…

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