The most recent data from the regional Employment Security Department indicates that South Sound economies are still tracking flat.

While King County, including Seattle and Bellevue, had the lowest jobless rate of 5.2 percent, Pierce County's rate hovered at 8.5 percent, and Thurston County's rose four points from 7.1 percent to 7.5 percent between May and June.

Department economist Jim Vleming explained that, for Thurston County alone, only 200 jobs were created. Half were in the construction sector and half were in manufacturing, but it was still 33 percent fewer than were created during the same period last year.

For other South Sound jobless rates, Grays Harbor County had the highest unemployment, at 12.1 percent. Lewis County's rate was 11.4 percent, and Mason County came in slightly lower at 10.4 percent.

Seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment also inched up to 6.8 percent in June from 6.6 percent in May.