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.
Month Total Jobs (losses or gains) Unemployment rate 2019 Unemployment Rate March 2020 -25,400 5.1 percent 4.5 percent April 2020 -457,800* 16.3 percent* 4.4 percent May 2020 + 52,500 15.1 percent 4.4 percent
*Revised from previous preliminary estimates
“While the unemployment rate in Washington fell in May, it remained historically high as the state continued to navigate the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Over the past month, a small portion of the jobs lost during the first two months of the pandemic were recovered as