(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
The economic recovery seems to be slowing in Washington state, but the numbers still appear to be positive. The Evergreen State saw its unemployment rate drop to 7.8 percent last month, but the economy added just 2,400 jobs.
For comparison, in July, there were 62,400 jobs added to the state economy and in August a total of 69,000 jobs were added.
Washington’s unemployment rate is lower than the national rate, which sits at 7.9 percent, and the Seattle-Bellevue Everett region (where the bulk of the state population resides) has a seven percent unemployment rate.
Stevens County’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in August, down from 11.1 percent in July.