Aug 31, 201109:13 AMBlog

Jobless rates inch up in Olympia, Tacoma

Aug 31, 2011 - 09:13 AM
Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 257 of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas, but higher in 94 areas, including Olympia and Tacoma, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The jobless rate rose in Olympia from 7.9 percent to 8.1 percent. Tacoma's rate ticked up from 9.5 percent to 9.6 percent.
Twelve metro areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while 10 areas registered rates of less than 5 percent.

El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., recorded the highest unemployment rates in July 2011, 30.8 and 30 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., registered the lowest unemployment rate, 3 percent.

The national unemployment rate in July was 9.3 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 9.7 percent a year earlier.
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