Thurston County jobless rate drops little year over year

Staff writerNovember 27, 2013 

Janis Moore of McCleary talks with Jeremy Lushene of the state Department of Financial Institutions during the Economic Survival Fair at Olympia High School on Saturday, April 4, 2009. "I founded the Chamber of Commerce in McCleary, and now I'm looking for work," Moore said. "How times change." (Tony Overman/The Olympian)

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    The following shows the unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, for October as compared with October 2012.

    U.S.: 7.0 percent, down from 7.5 percent

    Washington: 6.4 percent, down from 7.2 percent

    King: 5.4 percent, down from 6.4 percent

    Pierce: 7.5 percent, down from 7.9 percent

    Snohomish: 6.0 percent, down from 7.0 percent

    Spokane: 6.8 percent, down from 7.3 percent

    Clark: 7.1 percent, down from 9.7 percent

    Thurston: 6.6 percent, down from 6.8 percent

    Kitsap: 6.3 percent, down from 6.5 percent

    Mason: 8.7 percent, down from 8.8 percent

    Lewis: 10.0 percent, down from 11.0 percent

    Grays Harbor: 10.9 percent, down from 11.0 percent

Thurston County’s unemployment rate dropped just 0.2 percentage points year over year, to 6.6 percent in October.

Pierce County’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.5 percent last month, down 0.4 percentage points from October 2012, according to county-by-county data released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department.

At the county level, the data isn’t adjusted for seasonal events such as weather, harvests and school schedules.

Thurston County had a net gain of 1,100 jobs, almost all in the public sector. Its year-over-year gain is 300 jobs.

As for the labor force, 1,000 more people started looking in Thurston in October compared with the month before, while Pierce had about 2,000 fewer people.

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