Employment up in Kitsap to start year

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The year began with encouraging news on the labor front.

More people were employed in Kitsap county in January (83,300) than at the same time in the previous two years, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Employment Security Department. In fact, more were employed in January 2014 than in April of 2013, which bodes well for the rest of this year. (You can click on the graphic above to expand).

The employment gains in Kitsap were in the private sector, according to the state numbers. About 1,600 more people were employed with private companies in January 2014 than in January 2013. That gain made up for a net loss of 700 government jobs over the same period.

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility is in the midst of a hiring binge that began in January. The shipyard plans to bring on 1,037 workers early this year.

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Unemployment rates are also at a good place to start the year. The January unemployment rate for 2014 was 6.4 percent, far lower than the 7.8 percent in January 2013. While employment numbers are improving, this figure also reflects the large number of people giving up on finding work and dropping out of the labor force.

The seasonally-adjusted Washington unemployment rate for January was 6.4 percent. County numbers aren’t seasonally adjusted.

The state has replaced the nearly 200,000 jobs lost during the economic recession, according to a Employment Security Department release.

A full January employment report for Kitsap is embedded below:

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