County unemployment drops, remains better than state average

The Bellingham Business Journal

Unemployment in Whatcom County dropped slightly in August, down to 7.9 percent compared to 8 percent in July. At the same time, however, total non-farm employment in the county dropped 1,000 down to 77,400.

At the state level, the unemployment rate held steady at 8.9 percent. The loss of 2,900 government jobs was tempered slightly by the addition of 900 jobs in the private sector.

Year over year, Washington had 20,700 fewer jobs last month than in August 2009, a 0.7 percent decrease. Nationally, employment grew by 0.2 percent over the past year.

An estimated 310,876 people (not seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work, and 235,483 people received unemployment benefits from Washington in August.

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