Readers of two national daily newspapers would be forgiven for a little confusion on September 4, the day the Labor Department released its August jobs and unemployment estimates.
Many of the mid-sized and smaller cities that have, in the past, suffered from higher unemployment and a slower recovery than the Seattle area are seeing jobs recover faster.
With unemployment now below 10 percent at the state level and near 8 percent in the Seattle area, we are out of the realm of the truly scary and back into the realm of just really bad recessions
The Seattle metro area, with a June unemployment rate just below 10 percent, is doing better than most other large metro areas.
The monthly survey of state employment and unemployment for June shows very different conditions around the country.