Pierce County jobless rate climbs to 8.3 percent

Staff writerMarch 25, 2014 

Pierce County’s unemployment rate showed no improvement in February, rising to 8.3 percent last month from a revised rate of 7.5 percent in January, according to state Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.

But the increase was no cause for alarm because the county still added jobs in the January to February period, regional economist Jim Vleming said.

Pierce County added 500 jobs in the period, led by a gain of 200 jobs in professional and business services.

But the jobless rate went up anyway because the total labor force also grew, he said.

“More people were looking for fewer jobs,” Vleming said.

He expects the county’s jobless rate to fall as spring arrives, producing more seasonal work.

Some employers are hiring now.

Domino’s Pizza is hiring 500 delivery drivers, managers and assistant managers Wednesday to fill staff vacancies at its 79 Western Washington stores.

The company will interview and hire workers at eight locations around the region from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday including a Tacoma location at 12221 Pacific Ave. Applicants interested in applying for those jobs should fill out applications in advance at the pizza chain’s web site, pleaseapplyonline.com/seattledominos.

All hiring decisions are subject to the worker passing background and motor vehicle license checks.

If Domino’s doesn’t interest you, Saint Martin’s University in Lacey is set to host a free career and internship fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8 at Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.

The event is co-sponsored by The Evergreen State College and will feature about 100 employers. By the numbers

Regional jobless rates for February, not seasonally adjusted:

• King County (Seattle, Bellevue): 5.4 percent.

• Kitsap County: 7.1 percent

• Thurston County: 7.4 percent

• Pierce County: 8.3 percent

• Mason County: 10.2 percent

• Lewis County: 11.7 percent

• Grays Harbor County: 12.3 percent

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com Staff writer John Gillie contributed to this report.

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