Unemployment rate steady, Wash. state adds 4,000 jobs

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state's unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.1 percent, and the state's employers added 4,000 jobs last month.

Numbers released today by the state Employment Security Department show that the job growth reported for May comes following a strong month in April, where upward revised numbers showed a gain of 8,900 jobs. May's jobless rate was unchanged from the previous month.

The largest job increases were seen in leisure and hospitality, retail trade and construction. The biggest decrease was seen in government, with some of the government jobs cut in May having been short terms ones that had been created in response to the Oso landslide. Other sectors that saw job losses were professional and business services and manufacturing employment.