July employment: Local companies keep hiring

Familiar storylines continued in the July employment report for Kitsap County.

First, the (relatively) good news:

The number of jobs supported by Kitsap employers remained consistently higher than in the previous two years. Nearly 1,000 more people found work in the county during this year’s summer employment peak than in 2013.

According to preliminary numbers from the state Employment Security Department, private Kitsap companies added 400 jobs between June and July this year. Government employers let go of 300 over the same period, for a net gain of 100.

Kitsap’s labor force (the number of county residents working or actively seeking work) continued to decline this summer. The number of employed Kitsap residents also took a tumble between June and July this year, dropping by an estimated 1,220.

The longterm trend (illustrated in the chart above) is slightly more promising. About 400 more Kitsap residents were working in July of this year than in July 2013.

The full July labor report for Kitsap is posted below:

Labor Area Summaries

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