Snohomish County jobless rate falls to 9.4 percent

OLYMPIA — Snohomish County’s July unemployment dropped to a preliminary rate of 9.4 percent from June’s rate of 9.7 percent, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.

Washington state’s unemployment rate fell for the fourth straight month, dropping to 8.9 percent in July.

Officials said Tuesday the state’s jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from June’s revised rate of 9 percent.

More than 306,000 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work. And nearly 240,000 people received unemployment benefits from the state in July. In Snohomish County, an estimated 36,170 people were looking for jobs.

The state added about 3,100 jobs in July, but registered a net loss of 2,300 for the month because of the elimination of about 5,400 government jobs, most of which were federal census jobs.

Several industries added jobs in July, including transportation, retail trade and mining and logging.

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