Thurston County’s unemployment rate fell in August, but that’s about the only good economic news in an otherwise lackluster month.
The jobless rate fell to 6.7 percent last month from 7.3 percent in July and is well below the 8 percent mark it reached in August 2012, according to state Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.
However, the county still managed to shed 1,000 jobs in the August-to-September period, pulled lower by losses in government and education, Employment Security regional economist Jim Vleming said.
Total nonfarm employment since August 2012 also has grown only 0.1 percent (100 jobs) since last year, he said.
And the near-term picture for the economy is not clear.
Mike Campbell & Associates, a California trucking company that operates delivery services in Lacey, will cut 76 jobs, effective Nov. 12, according to a layoff notice from Employment Security.
A company representative could not be reached.
But before those layoffs take effect, here are some opportunities to find work:
• Several employers — including Best Buy, Macy’s and Starbucks — will gather for a job fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Westfield Capital mall. The job fair will take place inside the mall, near the movie theater.
• Kohl’s Department Stores, which operates a store in Lacey, says it plans to hire more than 50,000 to support its business during the holidays.
• The state’s WorkSource system also is offering a series of employment events this week for those 55 or older who still can’t find work. The events are posted on the WorkSource calendar at go2worksource.com.
Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment inched up to 7 percent last month from 6.9 percent in July, while the national jobless rate last month was 7.3 percent.
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