Economic data released today by Bureau of Labor Statistics,  U.S. Department of Labor, shows the growth of 5,000 jobs in metropolitan Tacoma over one year ending August 2013. This is a 1.9 percent gain, only slightly below the statewide growth rate of 2.1 percent.

Nationwide, 288 metropolitan areas recorded jobs growth over the 12-month period, while 72 had decreases.

Tacoma’s unemployment rate fell from 9.1 percent down to 7.7 percent in August of this year, with an estimated 29,200 persons out of work among a civilian labor force of 381,000.

Olympia estimated unemployment in August was 8,100 for a jobless rate of 6.7 percent.