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August Unemployment Worsens; County Remains State's Worst

Klickitat County's unemployment rate tops 12.6 percent

The August unemployment numbers show that things may be getting even worse for Klickitat County, which continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the state.

Preliminary figures from the Washington State Employment Security Department show Klickitat County with a 12.6 percent unemployment rate for August. Last month, the rate was 11.2 percent.

In fact, Klickitat County is the only county in Washington with double-digit unemployment. The next highest unemployment rate is in Cowlitz County, which registered 9.7 percent for August.

Klickitat County does show a bit of improvement when compared to last year, however: In August 2001, the county's unemployment rate was at 13.1 percent.

Skamania County registered 8.3 percent unemployment in August, a big improvement over its 9.2 percent rate for July. The other counties bordering Klickitat County also fared relatively well: Yakima County showed 9.2 percent unemployment in August, while Benton County was at 5.5 percent.

The statewide numbers for August showed Washington at 6.7 percent unemployment, an improvement from July's 6.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate in August was at 5.7 percent.

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