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NEW WEB SITE ESTABLISHED TO HELP COUNTY UNEMPLOYED
November 17, 2008



(EVERETT, WA) -- There’s a new on line resource for unemployed workers in Snohomish County. The new website www.helpforhardtimes.org is produced by a coalition of public and private agencies including United Way of Snohomish County and is designed to help Snohomish County residents deal with the challenges of unemployment.

The site helps the unemployed quickly find resource phone numbers and web sites that might be helpful to workers seeking new jobs in the recessionary economy, which some economists believe, will last through 2009.

The website features quick links to various community resources such as credit and budget counseling, unemployment job banks and training programs, unemployment benefits, food banks, utility assistance and medical and dental programs.

Since the first of the year the unemployment rate in Snohomish County has risen a full percentage point from 4.2 percent in January to 5.2 percent in September, which translates to some 19,650 people seeking work in the county.

The unemployment rate over the last ten years in the county was lowest in 1998 at 3.1%, and highest in 2003 at 7.7%. The number of nonagricultural wage and salary workers employed in Snohomish County as of August 2007 were 249,700.

Statewide the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 6.3 percent in October from September’s rate of 5.8 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department. At the same time the roughly 24,000 aerospace jobs that were on strike in October contributed to a net loss statewide of 23,200 non-agricultural jobs.

Hardest hit sectors for job losses in October were manufacturing, down 25,300 jobs, retail, down 1700 jobs; the same number declined in education services and construction was down by 1100 jobs.

Job gains were in government, 6,000 jobs with the vast majority of those jobs coming from local governments and health and social services, up 1,300 jobs,

From October 2007 to October 2008 Washington State lost 20,500 non-farm jobs, a decline of 0.7 percent. Without the effects of the Boeing strike factored in, jobs grew by about 3,500, or 0.12 percent.





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