More than 90,000 jobs in Kitsap at mid-year

Tad Sooter – Minding Your Business – Kitsap Sun Kitsap employers provided more than 90,000 jobs on average during the first half of 2017, marking a new mid-year high. The county boasted about 91,700 jobs in June and averaged 90,300 jobs since January, according to estimates from the state Employment Security Department. Kitsap gained about 1,500 jobs from the first half of 2016 to the […] Read more »

Kitsap entered fall with more jobs and a growing labor force

Tad Sooter, Minding Your Business Blog, KPBJ More jobs are available in Kitsap this fall than in previous years, according to the state Employment Security Department. But a growing labor force has contributed to a higher unemployment rate in the county. Jobs in Kitsap A preliminary estimate showed 89,600 non-farm jobs in Kitsap in October, an increase of 900 from October 2015.   Of the new jobs, 700 […] Read more »

Washington jobless rate holds steady at 5.8 percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state added an estimated 8,700 jobs last month and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent. In numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department, officials said the May jobless rate matches April’s numbers. The national unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent. Officials said that during the one-year period ending in May, 101,700 jobs have been added […] Read more »

County job numbers, employment improved in 2015

Tad Sooter, Minding Your Business, Puget Sound Blogs More Kitsap residents were employed and more people were working at jobs inside the county in 2015, according to preliminary year-end numbers released by the Employment Security Department.   Kitsap jobs An average of 87,600 people worked for employers within the county last year, a 3.7 percent uptick from 2014. It was also a slight increase from Kitsap’s pre-recession high […] Read more »

US adds healthy 211K jobs; unemployment steady at low 5 pct.

US adds 211,000 jobs; unemployment rate at 5 pct CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy generated another month of solid hiring in November, making it highly likely that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows this month. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 211,000 jobs, led by big gains in construction and retail. And […] Read more »

Kitsap jobs numbers rival pre-recession highs

Tad Sooter, The Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Blogs It’s been a slow climb, but Kitsap County appears to have replaced the jobs it lost in the recession. The Employment Security Department estimated 88,500 people were working for businesses and government agencies in the county in June. That was just 400 shy of the 88,900 working in the county in June of 2006, before employment numbers started […] Read more »

Naval Facilities to hire 200 new employees in region

BANGOR — Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest plans to hire about 200 new employees over the next four months for a variety of positions in Kitsap and around the region. The positions range from engineers and contract specialists to skilled trades such as maintenance mechanics, electricians, and utility system operators. They are at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor and Bremerton, Naval Station Everett, and Naval Air […] Read more »

More jobs in Kitsap as summer season arrives

Tad Sooter – Minding Your Business Blog, The Kitsap Sun The busy summer hiring season is shaping up to be even busier than usual in Kitsap this year. About 87,800 people were working for employers within Kitsap County in May, according to statistics from the state Employment Security Department. That was the largest number of jobs reported in the county since July of 2009: Read […] Read more »

US job openings surge, a sign that job gains may rebound

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out we may be able to breathe a little easier about the slowdown in hiring last month. A Labor Department report Tuesday showed that job openings surged 3.4 percent to 5.1 million in February — a 14-year high. That’s a clear sign that companies are willing to boost their staffs. The figure follows a […] Read more »

Strong jobs numbers carry through February

Kitsap Sun, Minding Your Business Blog – Tad Sooter Kitsap County enjoyed a strong start to the year on the employment front, with more jobs and more county residents working in January than in previous years. That momentum carried through February, with solid, if less robust, employment numbers. Jobs in Kitsap The number of people working for Kitsap employers in February dipped slightly from January, but […] Read more »