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Washington state unemployment rate holds steady in January

Washington state unemployment rate holds steady in Januaryā€¯

Job gains and losses are estimates based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It was the 27th consecutive year unemployment increased in January, compared to December.

The first of the year brought a slight increase to the ranks of unemployed people in Stanislaus County, according to the latest release from the Employment Development Department. The January unemployment rate for OH did not change from one year ago.

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Unemployment rates in nine area counties increased an average of almost 1 percent in January, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. San Joaquin County had an unemployment rate of 8.7 percent, up from 8 percent in December.

Fifteen of Ohio's 88 counties had rates below 5 percent in January.

There were 87,600 in the labor force: 83,100 employed and 4,500 unemployed, matching the numbers from one year ago, when unemployment was initially reported as 5.1 percent, then later revised to 5.0 percent.

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The 1.3-percent increase was about 0.4-percent higher than the increase from December 2015 to January 2016. The national unemployment rate increased from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent over the same period.

Auglaize County had the second lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, up eight-tenths of a percent from December's 3.7 percent, while Putnam County's unemployment increased from 3.6 percent in December 2016 to 4.8 percent in January, a jump of 1.2 percent.

Washington state's unemployment rate held steady last month at 5.1 percent even as the state lost about 7,200 jobs.

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