Pierce County sees slight rise in jobless rate for January

Staff writerMarch 11, 2014 

Pierce County's unemployment rate inched higher in January, rising to 7.7 percent from 7.3 percent in December, according to state Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.

It is not unusual for the jobless rate to rise in January because some employers make cuts to seasonal hiring following the holidays.

Although Pierce County's unemployment remains elevated, compared with other counties in the region, the jobless rate for January was lower than the 9.2 percent unemployment rate for the county in January 2013.
Regional jobless rates for January, not seasonally adjusted:

King County (Seattle, Bellevue): 5.4 percent 

Kitsap County: 6.4 percent

Thurston County: 6.8 percent 

Pierce County: 7.7 percent

Mason County: 9.4 percent

Lewis County: 10.9 percent

Grays Harbor County: 11.6 percent

 

 

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