Unemployment figures across the North Coast remained relatively stable between July and August, according to numbers released by the Oregon Employment Department.

In Clatsop County, the unemployment rate for August was 5.5 percent, only slightly down from July's figure of 5.6 percent but half a point lower than the previous August's unemployment rate of 6.0 percent. The total number of people employed increased by 351 between July and August, to a total of 18,237.

In Columbia County, which consistently has higher unemployment rates than other North Coast counties, the unemployment figure was 7.1 percent in August, down slightly from July's figure of 7.4 percent and down quite a bit from August 2004's rate of 8.6 percent. The total employment in the county went up by 11 between July and August, to a total of 21,532.

To the south, Tillamook County's August unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, compared to 6.0 percent in July and 6.4 percent in August 2004. In Tillamook, total employment increased by 101, up to 11,824 jobs.

Statewide, the unemployment rate for August was 6.3 percent. Once seasonal fluctuations in employment are taken into account, however, that figure changes to 6.7 percent, 0.1 percent higher than July, but 0.8 percent below what it was last year. Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent for August 2005, down 0.1 percent from July and 0.5 percent from August 2004.

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