Monthly employment report: Washington added 16,800 jobs in August.

The state Employment Security Department reports today that nearly 17,000 jobs were added last month.

Washington’s economy added 16,800 jobs in August and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate remained constant at 5.1 percent from July to August, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

While off the pace set in June and July, 25,600 and 24,300 respectively, it’s still good growth.

“August’s job gain numbers were reasonably solid in the face of renewed health concerns,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “But the uncertainty around the Delta variant is likely to result in an uneven labor market recovery.”

Ah, yes, again, that uncertainty clouds all forecasts.

More in the report.