Holiday jobs don’t change jobless rate

rboone@theolympian.comDecember 24, 2013 

The Thurston County unemployment rate was unchanged in November from October, but the county added several hundred jobs — just not enough to change the rate — in the same period, according to data released Monday by the state Employment Security Department.

Thurston County’s jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent in November – the same as it was in October – but the county still added 700 jobs, regional economist Jim Vleming said.

About half of those jobs – 300 in retail trade – were tied to holiday hiring for the shopping season, he said.

The county’s jobless rate a year ago was 7 percent, the data show.

Although job growth during the October to November period wasn’t bad, it was not as good on an annual basis.

From November 2012 to November 2013, the county added 900 jobs, or a job growth rate of 0.9 percent, Vleming said.

Jobless rates

Regional jobless rates for November, not seasonally adjusted:

 • King County (Seattle, Bellevue): 5.2 percent.

 • Kitsap County: 6.1 percent

 • Thurston County: 6.5 percent

 • Pierce County: 7.4 percent

 • Mason County: 8.7 percent

 • Lewis County: 10.4 percent

 • Grays Harbor County: 11.3 percent

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

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