Unemployment in Snohomish County fell to 9.4 percent in July, according to a state report out Tuesday.
The county’s unemployment rate declined from 9.7 percent in June but remains higher than the state’s overall unemployment rate of 8.9 percent in July.
“Job growth is still wobbly, but the private sector is showing encouraging signs of life,” said Karen Lee, Employment Security commissioner.
The state added 3,100 jobs in July, but payrolls were down 2,300 in July due to the elimination of an estimated 5,400 government jobs, the majority of which were federal census jobs.
The Employment Security Department revised its state unemployment estimate for June to 9 percent from the 8.9 percent reported originally. Year over year, Washington had 14,500 fewer jobs last month than in July 2009.
An estimated 306,218 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work, and 239,773 people received unemployment benefits from Washington in July.