Local unemployment up

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Local unemployment up

KGMI News Reporting
By Joe Teehan, Mike Curtiss

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – The unemployment rate in Whatcom County jumped up half of a percentage point in May.

Preliminary figures from the Employment Security Department show we had a rate of 7.2 percent last month, up from April’s revised rate of 6.7 percent.

Anneliese Vance-Sherman with the Employment Security Department says WhatcomCounty tends to see an increase in unemployment at the start of the summer because more people are actively looking for seasonal work.

Play Anneliese Vance-Sherman on jobless rate

She says overall, the economy of WhatcomCounty is still slowly improving.

The local jobless rate was half-a-point higher in May last year.

Only 30 fewer people were employed in the county in May than in April, while 540 more people were looking for work.

Our local jobless rate is higher than the statewide rate of 6.8 percent last month.

The state gained an estimated 4,100 jobs in May.