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The tri-county Uintah Basin District claimed the second highest unemployment rate in the state for the third straight month.

On a brighter note, the local jobless rate shows an improvement based on year-ago figures.Unemployment for the Uintah Basin was 6.1 percent for July, down .4 percent from last month and down by just over 1 percent from a year ago when the jobless rate for Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties averaged 7.2 percent.

According to information recently released by the Roosevelt Job Service office, the jobless rate in Duchesne County rose from 7.5 percent in June to 7.8 percent in July. One year ago unemployment stood at 8.6 percent.

Duchesne County has the second highest jobless rate in the state. Garfield County's jobless rate of 10.1 percent is the highest.

The jobless rate in Uintah County took a healthy dive last month from 6.1 percent in June to 5.2 percent in July. That figure is also down noticeably from a high of 6.6 percent one year ago.

In Daggett County, July's jobless rate jumped after declining from May to June. Unemployment in Daggett County rose from 3.9 percent in June to 5.5 percent last month, an increase of 1.6 percent. One year ago the jobless rate was 4.2 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate for July was 3.3 percent, up .1 percent from June. Nationally, the jobless rate was 5.7 percent last month, also up .1 percent.