From the Business Exmainer:
“The most recent data from the regional Employment Security Department indicates that South Sound economies are still tracking flat.
While King County, including Seattle and Bellevue, had the lowest jobless rate of 5.2 percent, Pierce County’s rate hovered at 8.5 percent, and Thurston County’s rose four points from 7.1 percent to 7.5 percent between May and June.
Department economist Jim Vleming explained that, for Thurston County alone, only 200 jobs were created. Half were in the construction sector and half were in manufacturing, but it was still 33 percent fewer than were created during the same period last year.”
This will further be impacted by the Sequestrations cuts tricking-down from JBLM in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2013.