Analysis of this week’s monthly report on unemployment in Pierce County by Workforce Central shows the local labor force decreased by 642 persons in the year ended August 2017, while the number of payroll jobs grew by 800.

Statistically, these changes were not enough to nudge the county’s unemployment rate up or down – it remains at 5.0 percent, which is just half of the highest August reporting in the last 10 years. In August 2010, the jobless rate for greater Tacoma and the rest of the county was 10.0 percent.

Construction jobs continue to be the strongest sector, with a year-over-year increase of 3,300 in August. Professional and Business Services category has added 1,900 positions in the past year, while jobs in government agencies of all kinds are down 2,000.

You can read the Pierce County Workforce central analysis at this link.