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Shutdown means state can’t report Sept. unemployment rate

State officials said they’ve not been able to get data from the federal government due to the shutdown.

Seattle Times business reporter

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Washington state’s Employment Security Department said Friday that because of the federal shutdown, it will not be able to report the September jobless rate next week.

“The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is closed and hasn’t been able to transfer the necessary data to the states,” the department said in a statement.

Also, the agency noted that nearly all of its labor-market information staff is on furlough due to a halt in federal funds.

State officials had planned to report Washington’s September unemployment rate on Wednesday. The department said the report is delayed indefinitely, adding that once the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is open again, “we will learn if and when there will be a September report.”

The state’s unemployment rate was 7 percent in August, up from 6.9 percent in July.

Amy Martinez: 206-464-2923 or On Twitter: @amyemartinez

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