Overall, the U.S. economy has shown slow but steady growth, particularly in the number of jobs added. Washington stands out as a prime example of this progress, particularly Clark County along the state's southern border.
The Columbian reported that the county added 1,300 jobs in July 2017 and had a fairly low unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. In fact, this was the third month in a row that showed unemployment below 5 percent.
Construction led the pack in job growth during this period, with 500 positions added. Additionally, while not experiencing major expansion during the past month, food services and hospitality have been a boon to Clark County throughout the year, adding 1,300 positions thus far in 2017.
Scott Bailey, a regional economist, elaborated on how these growth metrics bode well for the future.
"It's a good sign that we've drawn a lot of people into the workforce [and] continue to have strong job growth," Bailey said, according to The Columbian. "Even people who have been out of the workforce now have more of a shot at getting a job."
Employment throughout Washington is in a good position. According to the Sequim Gazette, the unemployment rate has been approximately equivalent to the national average - 4.5 percent in June 2017, compared to the nationwide 4.4 percent - and is at a record low for the state.