“Thurston Countys jobless rate rose to 8.5 percent last month from a revised 8 percent rate in January, the result of seasonal changes in employment following the holidays, a regional economist said Tuesday [March 27].
County unemployment rates, which are not seasonally adjusted, tend to rise in January following the holidays, but that also can continue into February, regional economist Jim Vleming said.
He expects the countys jobless rate will fall in March as another wave of seasonal hiring begins in the spring. Still, the county added 700 jobs in the January-February period, he said.”
Thurston County unemployment rates may not recover as fast as Vleming stated with the announced closure of Lacey’s K-Mart, 750 jobs slashed at Verizon, state liquor stores closing and now the 50 store closures of Best Buy nationwide.