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Snohomish County jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent

It's risen for the third straight month, with health, education and government sectors shedding the most jobs.

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Snohomish County's jobless rate rose to 8.8 percent in July, marking the third straight month of increases, according to a report released Tuesday.
After dropping as low as 7.1 percent in April, the county's unemployment rate has been rising steadily. The revised unemployment rate for June was 8.3 percent. In July, the county's workforce consisted of 357,010 people, down from 359,850 in June, according to the state Employment Security Department.
However, Snohomish County's jobless rate last month was better than in July 2011 when it was at 9.6 percent.
Industries that shed the most jobs in the county in July included health and education services and government. Goods producers added the most jobs in July.
Compared to July 2011, industries such as computer and electronic product manufacturing, employment services and education services provided through state government have seen the largest percentage gains in employment.
Since July 2011, the county has added 4,700 jobs in the manufacturing segment of the economy. Retail trade was up 1,100 positions over last July. Restaurants and bars in Snohomish County employed 1,000 more workers last month than in July 2011.
Last month, 3,992 county residents filed initial jobless claims. That's up, by 158 claims, from June, and from July 2011 when 3,834 people filed initial unemployment claims.
In July, 973 people in Snohomish County exhausted their unemployment benefits. Through the first seven months of 2012, 5,479 people have used up their unemployment benefits. At the same point in 2011, 6,436 people had exhausted their jobless benefits.
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