From my colleague Rolf Boone:
Pierce County unemployment inched higher in November, rising to 7.9 percent last month from a revised 7.8 percent jobless rate in October, according to state Employment Security Department data released Wednesday.
Although the Pierce County jobless rate was slightly higher, it still is the lowest it has been in years. The initial jobless rate for October was 8 percent, but then it was revised to 7.8 percent, the data show.
Seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment was 7.8 percent in November. The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent last month.
Regional jobless rates for November, not seasonally adjusted:
- King County (Seattle, Bellevue): 6.5 percent.
- Kitsap County: 6.5 percent.
- Thurston County: 6.9 percent.
- Pierce County: 7.9 percent.
- Mason County: 9.1 percent.
- Grays Harbor County: 11.4 percent.
- Lewis County: 11.5 percent