Unemployment in Pierce County was higher than the statewide average in the most recent statistics from the state Employment Security Department.
The department reported Washington’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from May to June, at 6.8 percent. In Pierce County, the rate was 8.4 percent.
The state gained an estimated 9,800 jobs during the period.
“On balance, this is a strong jobs report that is split between a re-energizing private sector and a sagging government sector,” said Paul Turek, a labor economist for Employment Security.
(Read more in the July 24 print edition of The Dispatch)