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The "steady upward climb" in job creation around the Northwest continues this summer.

According to numbers out Wednesday, the number of people out of work and looking for jobs is returning to pre-recession levels in the Northwest.

The Washington and Oregon employment departments have closed the book on 2014 with the release of their December jobs numbers.

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Job growth stalled during September in Oregon and Washington according to new numbers from the respective state employment departments. In Washington's case, state labor economist Paul Turek is not too concerned though by one month of flat hiring.

"Put it in context of what has been happening in the labor market. We seem to be sustaining momentum. Every now and then we have a little blip," Turek said.

Turek announced Washington's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in September.

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The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday. 

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Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in July, the lowest rate since August 2008.

Oregon Revenue Forecast Up As Job Growth Continues

May 28, 2014
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Oregon's economy still hasn't recovered to pre-recession levels. But state economists told lawmakers Wednesday that job growth is driving an expected increase in tax revenue for the state.

Oregon Has Evidence The Economy Continues To Improve

Oct 14, 2013
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There won’t be any state unemployment numbers coming out this week because of the government shutdown. But still, the Oregon Employment Department says it has evidence the economy continues to improve. 


Governor Jay Inslee was in Arlington, Washington Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new cleantech facility that will employ 70 people.

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls To Eight Percent

May 14, 2013

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.2 percent to 8 percent last month. That’s the lowest mark in nearly four years. Estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate nonfarm jobs rose by 3,700 in April.