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County unemployment rises


Washington County is continuing to weather the economic turmoil better than the rest of the region, state and country, according to the most recent unemployment figures released by WorkSource Oregon, the state employment department.

Washington County’s unemployment rate ticked up from 6.9 percent in July to 7 percent in August, according to the figures.

That is better than the rate in Multnomah County, which increased from 7.6 percent to 7.8 percent. It is also better than the rate in Clackamas County, which increased from 7.7 percent to 7.9 percent.

All three counties are doing better than the statewide average, which stood at 8.9 percent in August — slightly worse than the nation rate of 8.1 percent.

All three counties are doing better than are year ago, too. Last August, the unemployment rate in Washington County was 7.7 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in both Multnomah and Clackamas counties.