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Unemployment rate for Pierce County up in January, almost unchanged from a year ago

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on March 26, 2013 at 11:59 am |
March 26, 2013 11:59 am
From my colleague Rolf Boone:
After unemployment rates fell in Pierce County to end 2012, the New Year is not off to a good start as the jobless rate in the county rose to 9.7 percent in February from a revised 9.2 percent rate in January, new state Employment Security Department data show.
February’s 9.7 percent unemployment rate nearly matched where it was a year ago in Pierce County: 9.9 percent.
The state continues to add jobs to the economy — about 65,000 jobs in the past year — but most of that job growth has been in King and Snohomish counties. Seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment in February was 7.5 percent.
Regional jobless rates for February, not seasonally adjusted:
  • King County (Seattle, Bellevue): 5.8 percent.
  • Kitsap County: 8.3 percent.
  • Thurston County: 8.5 percent.
  • Pierce County: 9.7 percent.
  • Mason County: 11.8 percent.
  • Lewis County: 13.4 percent.
  • Grays Harbor County: 13.9 percent.
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