OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — New numbers released Wednesday show the state reportedly gained more than 24,000 jobs in January, but state officials believe that number is too high to be accurate.
Economists with the state employment Security Department said that it’s been more than 17 years since the state saw that significant of a gain in job growth in one month, and that the preliminary numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics are likely to be revised.
The average job growth for the state over the past year has been more than 5,000 a month, said Joe Elling, chief labor economist for the department.
“The trend over the past year probably gives us a better idea of what’s happening in the job market,” he said in a prepared statement.
But even if the numbers are ultimately revised down by 30 or 40 percent, “it still would be a healthy…
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