Monthly Jobs Report: Seattle Unemployment Still Climbing

According to the most recent jobs report, the seasonally adjusted Seattle unemployment rate for January increased slightly, coming in at 5.1 percent. In spite of this increase, 4,200 Seattle jobs were added since the last reporting period, also on a seasonally adjusted basis.

For the state of Washington, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent in January. Month-over-month, the state added 12,800 seasonally adjusted jobs.

How does the rising Seattle unemployment rate affect the hiring plans of area managers?

“We’re seeing an increased number of both open positions and active candidates in the current Seattle jobs market,” says Robert Half District President Josh Warborg. He notes that in this climate, a hiring manager’s role can be especially challenging. It’s tempting to bring someone — anyone – on board when workloads are piling up, and your employees are unable to absorb even one more task. But desperation can easily lead to bad (and costly) hiring decisions.

“Companies should prepare themselves for applications from candidates who aren’t necessarily qualified for open positions,” he advises. That makes it even more important to properly assess candidates to ensure they truly have the skills you need and are a good fit with your corporate culture.

Still, you don’t want to delay giving your team some relief because of a lengthy hiring process. “One solution is to consider temporary staffing solutions until you do find new employees,” he suggests.

Looking for area talent? Your local Robert Half recruiter knows the Seattle jobs market in and out. Call (844) 839-5878 today.

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