Washington economy added back jobs during May

Washington’s economy added 52,500 jobs in May and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for May decreased from 16.3 percent to 15.1 percent according to the state Employment Security Department.

The state’s labor force in May was 3,943,500 – a decrease of 19,800 people from the previous month.

From April 2020 to May 2020, the number of people who were unemployed statewide decreased from 645,100 to 594,300.

Washington lost an estimated 408,200 jobs from May 2019 through May 2020, not seasonally adjusted. The private sector contracted by 12.5 percent, down an estimated 360,100 jobs, while public sector employment contracted 8.0 percent with a net loss of 48,100 jobs.

From May 2019 through May 2020, twelve major industry sectors contracted while only the information sector added jobs.

The three industry sectors with the largest employment losses year-over-year, not seasonally adjusted, were: Leisure and hospitality down just over 160,000 jobs; Education and health services down just under 56,000 jobs; and Government down more than 48,000 jobs. (Employment Security Department)