OLYMPIA — Washington’s black-and-blue economy continued its comeback in April, according to the state Employment Security Department. But Pacific County experienced an uptick in joblessness.

The state added an estimated 5,800 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate dipped from 9.2 to 9.1 percent. Pacific County’s official jobless rate dropped to 12.5 percent in April from 14 percent in March. In April 2010, the county rate was 13.9 percent and in April 2009 it was 12.9 percent. In 2008, it was 6.9 percent

Actual filings of unemployment insurance claims increased in Pacific County to 233 in April, up from 184 in March, but down from 253 in April 2010. The number of continuing jobless claims by those already receiving benefits at the start of April declined to 440 from 458 in March and from 583 in April 2009. Twenty-three county residents exhausted their eligibility in April — the same number as in March, but down from 42 in April 2010.

Statewide since April 2010, Washington has added an estimated 41,500 jobs.

“We’re beginning to see job growth pick up some real momentum,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “It’s tough to not feel optimistic about where we’re going.”

Industries that posted gains in April were construction, up 2,400; professional and business services, up 1,700; manufacturing, up 1,200; retail trade, up 900; transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 900; information, up 900; education and health services, up 900; financial activities, up 500; and wholesale trade, up 200.

Jobs were lost in government, down 2,500; other services, down 800; and leisure and hospitality, down 500.

An estimated 307,737 people (not seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in April, and 217,038 people received unemployment benefits from Washington.

Employment Security is a partner in the statewide WorkSource system, which offers a variety of employment and training services for job seekers, including free help with interviewing skills, résumés and job referrals. WorkSource also can help employers recruit and screen for qualified workers, apply for employment tax breaks and qualify for subsidized employee training.

Locations of local WorkSource offices are listed online at www.go2worksource.com.  Assistance also is available by phone at 877-872-5627. 

In addition, more than 22,000 job openings are posted online at www.go2worksource.com.

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