Seattle’s economy was booming by many measures before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and job listings here grew faster than the nationwide rate into early March. Then the pandemic, and the subsequent lockdown, sent job openings plummeting and put millions out of work.

The recovery from those blows has been painful everywhere, and new job opportunities for those left unemployed have come back only slowly. Washington state trails the national rate of improvement, and the Seattle metro area trails the state. That’s been the case since both local and national listings hit bottom in early May.

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People wear face masks as they line up to enter a retail store in Schaumburg, Ill., on June 11. As parts if the nation start to reopen and people reenter the workforce, Washington state trails the national rate of improvement for jobs. (Nam Y. Huh / The Associated Press)
People wear face masks as they line up to enter a retail store in Schaumburg, Ill., on June 11. As parts if the nation start to reopen and people reenter the workforce, Washington state trails the national rate of improvement for jobs. (Nam Y. Huh / The Associated Press)