Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist Report

Some insight from Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist, “Washington State employment has softened slightly to an annual growth rate of 2%, which is still a respectable number compared to other West Coast states and the country as a whole. In all, I expect that Washington will continue to add jobs at a reasonable rate though it is clear that businesses are starting to feel the effects of the trade war with China and this is impacting hiring practices. The state unemployment rate was 4.6%, marginally higher than the 4.4% level of a year ago. My most recent economic forecast suggests that statewide job growth in 2019 will rise by 2.2%, with a total of 88,400 new jobs created.”

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Posted on October 22, 2019 at 5:02 pm
Diane Terry | Category: Uncategorized

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