Mixed bag of job numbers midway through 2014

The Kitsap County unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent by the end of June, due mostly to continued decline in the labor force. Meanwhile, the number of people working for Kitsap County employers remained unchanged from 2013.

Here’s a look at the June employment report for Kitsap:

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An estimated 1,050 people left Kitsap County’s labor force (stopped looking for work) in June, according to the state Employment Security Department. That negated a labor force gain in May. Another residents 130 were hired.

The decline to the labor force and slight increase in employment dropped unemployment rate among Kitsap residents to 5.1 percent, a full 2 percent lower than in June 2013.

On a positive note, 990 more Kitsap residents were employed in June than in June 2013. For perspective, this chart shows how Kitsap’s labor force and employment numbers have changed over the past decade at the midpoint of each year:

The state unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) fell to 5.8 percent last, the lowest rate in six years. The state also saw a drop in its labor force, while adding a healthy 9,000 jobs.

Kitsap jobs

blog.employmentWhile more Kitsap residents are employed this year, job growth within the county has been slow.

Private employers added 400 jobs in June while federal and local government agencies dropped a combined 300.

Kitsap companies and agencies employed the same number of people last month as they did in June of 2013. Here’s a chart showing employment in Kitsap County over the last decade at the midpoint of each year:

We’ll take a closer look at employment trends over the last decade in the Monday Kitsap Sun.

The June labor summary for Kitsap is posted below:

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