Washington had a net gain of 800 nonagricultural jobs in February, and the unemployment rate dipped from 9.2 percent in January to 9.1 percent last month, officials said Tuesday.
The Employment Security Department also revised January’s job growth to about 17,500 instead of the original estimate of 11,000, which officials called the strongest month of job growth since November 2007, the month before the national recession began.
January’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was revised to 9.2 percent as well, from the original 9.1 estimate. December’s unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.
Construction, one of the hardest hit industries in the recession, led the job gains in February, adding 3,900 in that time period.
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Dave Wallace, chief economist for the state Employment Security Department, said similar gains in construction were seen at the national level but that he can’t ascertain where the growth bump is coming from.
It’s “against the trend, we’ve lost a lot of jobs in that sector,” Wallace said.
Over the span of a year, Washington has added 27,900 jobs, on a 1 percent increase.