Broadest unemployment measure shows double-digit Wash. jobless rate

The OlympianApril 6, 2014 

— Washington state’s unemployment rate was 14 percent last year, slightly higher than the U.S. average of 13.8 percent, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

That figure is based on the broadest measurement of unemployment -- known as U-6 -- which includes the unemployed, those working part-time for economic reasons and those marginally attached to the labor force.

Here’s more on the data:

-The state had 240,700 unemployed residents last year. Another 200,000 were employed part-time for economic reasons.

-About 50,000 residents were marginally attached to the labor force last year, meaning they looked for work during the past year, but did not look for work in the four weeks prior to the Department of Labor survey. As a result, they were not counted as unemployed in the official jobless rate.

-Discouraged workers totaling 11,700 did not look for work last year during the four-week period prior to the survey because they thought no jobs were available to them.

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