Joblessness in August was lower than a year ago in all of Washington state’s 39 counties, according to Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.
King County’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent last month, up from 5.1 percent in July but down from 6.8 percent in August 2012. Pierce County’s rate declined to 7.7 percent from 8.2 percent in July and 9.1 percent a year ago.
In Snohomish County, joblessness rose six-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 6.2 percent. Still, that was well below its year-ago rate of 7.5 percent.
The county unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted for month-to-month fluctuations and are based on a household survey.
- Win over USC puts UW’s coaching upgrade (Chris Petersen over Steve Sarkisian) on full display
- Lloyd McClendon will not return as Mariners' manager
- Expect traffic delays when Obama visits Seattle Friday afternoon
- Huskies upset USC 17-12 and beat Steve Sarkisian, their former coach
- Obama visits Seattle for fundraisers; traffic not as bad as expected
Most Read Stories
As previously reported, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7 percent last month, up from 6.9 percent in July.
Amy Martinez: 206-464-2923 or email@example.com. On Twitter: @amyemartinez