first_imgClark County’s unemployment rate climbed to 5 percent in December, an increase over November’s 4.6 percent but matching the 5 percent reported for December 2017, according to Washington Employment Security Department data released Wednesday.Despite the rise in the unemployment rate, the county saw an unadjusted net increase of 200 jobs during December. When asked about the discrepancy, regional economist Scott Bailey stressed that the unemployment rate is an estimate.“There’s a big plus-or-minus around that unemployment rate,” he said. “It has to move at least half a (percentage) point before we can say it was significantly different.”Wholesale trade, information services, professional services, health care, food services and K-12 public education each gained approximately 100 jobs, but those gains were partially offset by a loss of 200 jobs in business services, 100 in state government and 100 in local government, resulting in a net gain of 200 jobs for the month, bringing total nonfarm employment to 170,400.When reporting the state-level jobs numbers, the employment security department posts the actual change in jobs and a “seasonally adjusted” figure, which is recalculated to exclude large changes in the workforce that reliably occur at the same point in each year, such as thousands of students seeking summer jobs in June.last_img read more