It’s been a good 12 months for jobs in Washington, and the same goes for Pierce and Thurston counties.
But seasonal forces indicate a small decline in the employment numbers for Pierce and Thurston counties from January to February.
In a release Tuesday morning, the state Employment Security Department noted that the statewide unemployment rate, 6.3 percent in February, was unchanged from revised figures both from January and for the entire 12 months.
“Looking over the year, it looks good in Pierce County,” said Jim Vleming, ESD regional labor economist. “Thurston (County) is not quite as robust.”
Among Vleming’s data:
Vleming said of these declines, “That’s to be expected with losses in retail. It tells me we’re pointing to a pretty strong spring. Once we get over these seasonal lapses, I think we’re going to see some strong numbers. I think we’re going to see strength across the board.”
Vleming also notes, “It’s nice to say we’re up 9,100 jobs over they year. That’s certainly positive, and that will continue, I think.”