Washington adds 24,100 jobs in June; unemployment rate holds at 5.2%

Washington saw more job growth last month. The state Employment Security Department today released the monthly employment report for June

Washington’s economy added 24,100 jobs in June and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate stayed constant 5.2 percent from May to June, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

The report shows the monthly jobs numbers going back to March 2020. It’s still a bit stunning to see the April 2020 job loss of 385,800. 

A key ESD official is quoted.

“The labor market recovery picked up some speed this month after slowing over the previous two months” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Job opportunities are rising as the economy reopens over the summer.”

Yes, the job opportunities are there. For many employers, the challenge is finding qualified applicants.