Peninsula labor force grows, unemployment up slightly

Nearly 1,000 North Olympic Peninsula residents entered the labor force in July as unemployment rose by one-tenth of 1 percent in Clallam and Jefferson counties, state officials said.

Clallam County added 665 to its workforce as the jobless rate went from a revised 6.2 percent in June to a preliminary 6.3 percent in July, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.

Jefferson County added 332 to its labor force as unemployment went from a revised 5.5 percent in June to a preliminary 5.6 percent in July, Employment Security said.

The region added 997 workers to its resident civilian labor force, which is the number of people 16 and older who are employed and unemployed.

Employment Security considers a person unemployed if he or she is available for work and has actively sought work in the past month.

There were 26,609 working Clallam County citizens and 1,790 who were unemployed in July, according to Employment Security estimates.

Jefferson County had 11,534 workers and 688 job seekers in July.

North Olympic Peninsula unemployment rates were significantly higher a year ago, at 7.8 percent in Clallam County and 7.2 percent in Jefferson County.

Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate remained at 4.5 percent in July. National unemployment went from 4.4 percent to 4.3 percent.

Unemployment rates at the county level are not seasonally adjusted because the sample size is too small to accommodate the additional analysis, Employment Security officials said.

San Juan County had the state’s lowest estimated unemployment rate last month at 3.1 percent, followed by Chelan (3.2 percent) and King (3.6 percent) counties.

Ferry County had the highest jobless rate at 9.4 percent, followed by Wahkiakum (6.6 percent) and Pend Oreille (6.4 percent) counties.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected]

More in Business

ON THE WATERFRONT: Holiday gifts for the mariner on your list

CHRISTMAS IS NOT too far away, not that many of us need… Continue reading

Investors likely to have high expectations for Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone

Port of Port Angeles officials are discovering possible limitations… Continue reading

EYE ON BUSINESS: This week’s meetings

Twice-monthly networking breakfasts are held… Continue reading

ON THE WATERFRONT: Instruments knot the only way to measure wind

EARLY THURSDAY MORNING the 590-foot cargo ship Angelic Zephyr moored to the… Continue reading

Port Townsend competitors, friends work together amid illness

In a small town, sometimes long-time competitors are friends.… Continue reading

EYE ON BUSINESS: This week’s meetings

Twice-monthly luncheon meetings are held… Continue reading

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus (portrayed by Joe Borden and his wife, Tawana Borden, arrive by fire truck at Centennial Place in downtown Sequim during festivites on Saturday to kick off the holiday season. Holiday-goers were serenaded with Christmas music and youngsters were given the opportunity to reveal their gift wishes to the Jolly Old Elf.
Thanksgiving weekend sales steady on Peninsula

Retailers across the North Olympic Peninsula reported steady sales Thanksgiving weekend. “Black… Continue reading

Peninsula jobless rate sees little change

More than 700 North Olympic Peninsula residents joined the labor force in… Continue reading

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Campground awarded by association … and other items

Kampgrounds of America recently announced that the Olympic Peninsula/Port… Continue reading