South Sound unemployment rates for the month of December ended the year showing little to no change from the final month of 2013.
But for the entire year, the job growth data were more encouraging in Pierce and Thurston counties, according to new data released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department.
But first, the monthly results.
Pierce County’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.2 percent from November and was a tenth of a percent lower than in December 2013. Thurston County’s rate rose to 6.5 percent last month from 6.4 percent in November; in December 2013,the jobless rate for Thurston was 6.5 percent.
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Between November and December, Pierce County added 900 jobs, with education and health services leading the way with 600 jobs, Employment Security regional economist Jim Vleming said Tuesday.
In Thurston County, some industries added jobs, but others shed, so no new jobs were added in the same period, he said.
The annual results were much better.
For all of 2014, Pierce County added 7,900 jobs, including 2,400 in trade, transportation and utilities. Thurston County added 3,600 jobs. Among those were600 jobs in professional and business services and 600 in construction, Vleming said.
Washington state unemployment, which is seasonally adjusted, was 6.3 percent in December. The national unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.