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After months of job gains, Seattle and Washington state employment levels off

After months of job gains, Seattle and Washington state employment levels off

The rate is below the year-ago estimate of 9.6 percent, according to the EDD. Rates for counties have not yet been released for January.

As mentioned above, the unemployment rate increased in all 88 counties, which is not unusual for January, when a number of temporary holiday jobs have come to an end.

Overall Lucas County's civilian labor force - which tallies people working or actively searching for work - grew by 2,300 to 210,700.

The state paid unemployment insurance benefits to 78,102 people in January.

The Mining, Logging, and Construction sector in Stanislaus County posted a loss of approximately 400 positions in January. Statistics state 1,300 people were unemployed or looking for work in January, which was the same for December.




Ohio's unemployment rate was 5 percent in January, unchanged from a revised 5 percent in December, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported. Turlock had an unemployment rate of 8 percent in January, up from 7.4 percent posted in December.

Auglaize County had the second lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, up eight-tenths of a percent from December's 3.7 percent, while Putnam County's unemployment increased from 3.6 percent in December 2016 to 4.8 percent in January, a jump of 1.2 percent. The comparable unemployment rate for OH was 6 percent in January, meaning Allen and Hardin counties were above the statewide average.

Statewide, Mercer and Auglaize counties were two of six states with unemployment rates at or below 4.5 percent.

The region's unemployment rates also increased an average of 0.29 percentage points from January 2016.

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