Jobs Report: Seattle Unemployment Holds Steady

According to the most recent monthly jobs report, the seasonally adjusted Seattle unemployment rate for May was 4.9 percent, unchanged from the previous month. During the same reporting period, 14,300 Seattle jobs were added on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Washington Employment Security Department.

Across the state of Washington, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also remained unchanged in May, coming in at 5.8 percent. Month over month, the state added a total of 8,700 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis.

What does the steady Seattle unemployment rate mean for managers staffing area jobs?

Robert Half District President Josh Warborg notes that managers can gain an edge in the competitive Seattle jobs market by keeping an open mind. “Differentiate your ‘must-haves’ from your ‘like-to-haves’ in terms of qualifications and experience,” he says, “or you may wind up chasing a candidate who doesn’t exist.” Less-experienced applicants, such as many Gen Z workers, for example, may be fresh out of school, but they are eager to learn and advance in their careers. You can appeal to Gen Zers by offering benefits they value, like professional development and volunteer opportunities. “Show candidates you’re in touch with their preferences, and they can become valuable and loyal team members,” he adds.

Taking too long to deliver your offer once you’ve decided on a candidate can cause you to lose them to your competitors who are also hiring, Warborg cautions. However, that doesn’t mean employers should make hasty hiring decisions, which could result in a bad hire. “While you don’t want to drag your feet, take the time necessary to properly evaluate candidates,” he says. Be certain to check references and consider conducting multiple interviews or otherwise including relevant team members in the interview process. This will help you see how candidates interact with your current staff members.

In search of top talent for Seattle jobs? Your local Robert Half recruiter has a finger on the pulse of the market. Call (844) 839-5878 today.

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