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July Jobless Stats

Posted on 20th August 2014 at 09:38

It’s moving at a snail’s pace, but the Employment Security Department says that Cowlitz County’s jobless picture is continuing to improve. The July jobless rate came in at an even 7 percent, down marginally from the number in June. They also say that this is three percentage points lower than the unemployment rate in July of last year, and they also say that there are more jobs in the area than there were last year. Regional Economist Scott Bailey says there is some good news, with more jobs in the local area, and some bad news, showing a decline in the labor force. He also says that the number of unemployment claims continues to drop, with both initial and continuing claims going on at “very low levels.”