ASTORIA — Clatsop County’s jobless rate was 5.0 percent in August, or 5.4 percent when adjusted for seasonal factors.

Clatsop’s August rate was “essentially unchanged from the previous month (5.1 percent), and about the same as the year before (5.7 percent). It was the same as the statewide rate (5.4 percent) and just a bit higher than the national rate (4.9 percent). This is the third consecutive month with an increase in the unemployment rate, and the total increase over the three months has been 1 percentage point. If these changes hold when the figures are revised in a few weeks it will indicate a significant increase in the unemployment rate for the county,” regional economist Erik Knoder said in a press release by the Oregon Employment Department.

Pacific County’s jobless rate dropped to 7.6 percent in August, its lowest rate for that month since 2008, according to the latest estimate by the Washington State Employment Security Department. The rate improved half a percent between July and August. In 2010, at the height of the recession, the August unemployment rate was 12.5 percent.

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