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County adds jobs with fewer unemployed

County adds jobs with fewer unemployed

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KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

BELLINGHAM, Wash. More jobs and fewer unemployed people, that’s the gist of the latest local jobs report.

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate for January is the lowest it’s been in six years at 6.9 percent.

That’s an increase from December’s 6.2 percent,but nearly 1.5 percent lower than the same time last year.

Regional labor economist Anneliese Vance-Sherman this time of the year is usually the hardest on workers.

Play Anneliese Vance-Sherman on job numbers

Local job gains don’t look as good as they did earlier in the week.

The report initially showed that Whatcom County gained 6,000 jobs in January compared to last year when it was actually 2,300.

According to Vance-Sherman, that is still strong.

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