After months of job gains, Seattle and Washington state employment levels off

Turlock had an unemployment rate of 8 percent in January, up from 7.4 percent posted in December.

"Typical seasonal job losses in leisure and hospitality and construction finally showed up after a sustained period of activity", said Paul Turek, labor economist with the Employment Security Department. Allen County's unemployment rate was again the highest among neighboring counties, increasing from 5.0 percent in December 2016 to 6.2 percent in January.

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Countywide employment was 197,700 in January, the state report shows. The job growth for the month in Educational and Health Services all came from industries in healthcare and social assistance, according to the EDD's data. Statistics state 1,300 people were unemployed or looking for work in January, which was the same for December.

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. Delaware County's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, Hancock and Holmes counties had jobless rates at 4.4 percent, and Union County joined Auglaize County at 4.5 percent.

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Unemployment numbers in surrounding counties increased. A year ago, the local unemployment rate was 0.5 percent points better than the nationwide figure - now it's 1.1 percentage points better.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 4.8 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in December and 0.1 percentage points lower than in January 2016.

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Unlike the county jobless rates, the statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted, and the statewide rate was the same in January as in December, 5 percent.

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