Well, at least South Sound unemployment rates didn’t go up, right?
That’s according to new state Employment Security Department data, which show Pierce and Thurston County jobless rates didn’t budge in September from August.
Pierce County is stuck at 6 percent, while Thurston County is holding strong at 5.4 percent.
Both counties had jobless rates of about 7 percent a year ago, the data show.
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“It’s better to be flat at 5.4 percent than at 7.4 percent,” Employment Security regional economist Jim Vleming said Tuesday.
It’s also better to be adding jobs in the August to September period, which both counties managed to do.
Pierce County added 2,100 jobs, with government hiring leading the way with a gain of 1,200 jobs, while Thurston County added 500 jobs in the same period, with most of those also coming from government hiring.
Thurston County also added 500 jobs in the August to September period in 2013, while Pierce County added 4,100 jobs in the same period last year, he said.
Since September 2013, Pierce County has added 10,800 nonfarm jobs, with 1,900 of them coming from the leisure and hospitality industry. Thurston County has added 2,700 jobs; 900 of them from professional and business services.