In November, there were 7,055 considered to be in the county's labor force, with 6,897 being employed and 158 people considered to be unemployed.
Despite the strong seasonally adjusted job gains the past few months, we continue to see the pace of job growth slow.
In May, the unemployment rate fell to a monthly record low of 3.8 percent, the lowest figure since 1990, the year the department started issuing seasonally adjusted employment figures.
Over the past 12 months, nonfarm employment in Cowlitz County increased by an estimated 2,000 jobs (5.1 percent).
Nine of eleven major industries showed increased growth in November, including Professional and Business Services with 14,700 jobs added and Construction which added 8,200 positions.
Government employment was up 800 jobs, all at the state level; but Bailey said he expects that number to be revised down sharply in the coming months.
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Lewis County's rate rose from a record low of 5.5 percent in October to 5.9 percent in November.
The sectors of Farming and Manufacturing both posted significant job declines for the month, but the loss was offset by gains in other sectors, primarily in retail positions, according to the EDD report.
"Private-sector employers added 52,000 jobs in November and have accounted for the addition of 294,600 positions in Texas over the past year", said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs.
Jobless rates in neighboring counties in November, with October rates in parentheses, were: Allen, 4.2 percent (4.5 percent); Hardin, 4.1 (4.4); Henry, 3.8 (4); Putnam, 3 (3); Seneca, 3.9 (4.2); Wood, 3.6 (3.9); and Wyandot, 3.1 (3.2). Coeur dAlene, Idaho Falls and Lewiston metro areas saw no change.
Total payroll employment fell by 230 jobs in November. The rate is an improvement from the November 2016 rate of 6.9 percent.
According to the labor department, the jobless rate for both counties increased from the same time previous year when they were 6 percent. The number of claimants dropped 19 percent from a weekly average of 5,400 a year ago to 4,400. All counties in the top 10 had a rate below three percent and unemployment rates in 87 Tennessee counties remained under five percent in November.