PORT ANGELES — North Olympic Peninsula employers shed 400 jobs in January as unemployment rose to 8.1 percent in Clallam County and 6.6 percent in Jefferson County, state officials said.

Clallam County had 289 fewer workers from December to January as the jobless rate climbed from a revised 6.9 percent in December to a preliminary 8.1 percent in January, the state Employment Security Department said Tuesday.

Jefferson County lost 111 jobs as unemployment went from a revised 5.9 percent in December to a preliminary 6.6 percent in January, officials said.

February employment statistics are scheduled to be released March 26.

In January, Clallam County had 26,021 employed residents and 2,284 seeking work, Employment Security said. A person is counted as unemployed if

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