BUSINESS BRIEFS: New nurse joins staff at PA clinic; state unemployment rates released

PORT ANGELES — Allergy- and dermatology-trained nurse Deborah Jones, NP-C, has joined the staff at Silver Falls Dermatology & Allergy.

Jones is a longtime Port Angeles resident and joins Vlad Abaturov, NP-C, to provide a full complement of dermatology and allergy care to Peninsula residents.

Jones will provide care for adults and children by diagnosing and treating conditions of the skin, hair and nails such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrhea, bacterial and viral infections, herpes, warts, rosacea, eczemas, alopecia, benign and malignant skin lesions, including skin cancer, as well as treat allergies, asthma and immune disorders.

Jones earned her Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory science before completing her nursing studies at Pacific Lutheran University and served seven years in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Whidbey Island; Oakland, Calif.; and San Diego.

After being certified as a family nurse practitioner, she worked in family medicine with Olympic Medical Physicians in Port Angeles for several years.

Throughout the past year, Jones has expanded her scope of care to dermatology and allergy, receiving extensive clinical training from Silver Falls Dermatology’s medical director, John Young, MD, and board-certified allergist-immunology James Sweet, MD, in Salem, Ore.

Jones’ schedule is now open for appointments.

State jobless rate

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in nine years, dropping to 4.9 percent last month.

The latest numbers released by the Employment Security Department Wednesday show that February’s rate dropped from January’s rate of 5.1 percent.

February’s rate is the lowest the state has seen since March 2008. The state also added 6,100 jobs last month.

Unemployment figures for Clallam and Jefferson counties will be released Tuesday.

The report shows that the highest job growth was in construction and government, followed by professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

Manufacturing saw the biggest reductions last month. The national unemployment rate was 4.7 percent last month. The unemployment rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area was 3.5 percent.

Job gains and losses are estimates based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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