Unemployment numbers continue to improve on Peninsula

July 14th, 2004 - 5:21am


(Port Angeles) -- The employment picture on the Peninsula just keeps getting better.

Clallam County's jobless rate once again dropped a tenth of a percent in June down to 5-point-2 percent -- one of the lowest rates in decades. That's down more than one-and-a-half percent from the same time last year.

State Employment Security Department figures show 14-hundred-10 people were unemployed in Clallam County in June -- 340 fewer than the same month in 2003.

The State says Clallam had 25-thousand-550 people working in June, 15-hundred-50 more jobs than a year ago.

In Jefferson County, the employment situation is even better with just 4-point-2 percent of the workforce unemployed in June - the second lowest unemployment rate in Western Washington -- only above the 2-point-4 percent jobless rate in San Juan County.

That's down 1-point-8 percent in Jefferson from June of 2003. The state says Jeffco has 550 unemployed workers - 180 fewer than June of 2003. Jefferson County has 12-thousand-360 workers employed, an increase of almost one thousand jobs since last June.



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