Kitsap Unemployment rises with 160 more out of work

By Rachel Pritchett

Kitsap County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in October to 7.4 percent, resulting in 160 more local residents without work than before.
That brought the total number of unemployed workers in Kitsap County in October to 8,900, according to the Washington Department of Employment Security.
September’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.
Local Employment Security economist Elizabeth Scott said the increase was small.
The number of jobs within Kitsap County went down, from 81,300 to 80,600. But the entire local workforce, including those who travel outside the county to work, such as Seattle or Tacoma, grew, from 118,970 in September to 120,060 in October.
Washington and the nation’s unemployment rates for October both stood at 9 percent.

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