Washington state unemployment rate ticks up to 4.6 percent


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4.6 percent.

According to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, August's rate increased from July's 4.5 percent.

Meanwhile, the state gained 2,000 jobs. The biggest job growth was seen in retail trade, up 1,900. The largest losses were seen in government, down 2,900 jobs, and other services, which dropped 1,100.

Job gains and losses are estimates based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate counts the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for work, and doesn't include those who have stopped looking for work.

The national unemployment rate was 4.4 percent last month. The rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area increased to 3.7 percent in August from 3.5 percent in July.

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