Shop’s ‘Rock Star’ promotion helps Duvall School | Redmond News Briefs

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Majesty’s ‘Shop Like a Rock Star’

Majesty, a Home Décor boutique located at The Marketplace at Redmond Ridge, hosted ‘Shop Like a Rock Star’ to support Eagle Rock Elementary, located in Duvall, Wash., earlier this month. The private party package was donated by Majesty and included a private party at Majesty after regular shop hours, typical Rock Star style of course.

Cathy Tiffany had the winning bid and invited a group of her girlfriends to enjoy her ‘Rock Star’ status. The guests enjoyed Majestinis, Majesty’s signature cocktail, and hors d’oeuvres. There was also a drawing for a K. Hall diffuser, which was generously sponsored by Majesty’s vendor K. Hall.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards ActivBoards, electronic whiteboards, for the classrooms and a Traverse Wall, which is an innovative climbing activity that captivates all learners and builds physical, social, and emotional skills.

Unemployment increases

Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.3 percent in May, up from April’s rate of 4.7 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department.

This marks the first time in 20 months that the rate has been above 5 percent. The rise in unemployment was accompanied by a decline of 2,600 non-agricultural jobs.

The total number of non-agricultural jobs in Washington was up 38,200, a 1.3 percent increase over the same time in 2007. Nationally, job growth for the past year was 0.2 percent.

Industries in Washington with the largest job growth in May were professional business services, with 1,200 new jobs, and information, with 500 new jobs. The largest declines were in retail, down 1,100, education and health services, down 700 jobs, and government, also down 700.

“The nation’s economic downturn is finally catching up with us, but we are still doing better than a lot of the country,” said Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee.

An estimated 176,060 people (not seasonally adjusted) are unemployed and seeking work in Washington.

Employment Security and its affiliated WorkSource offices across the state continue to offer a variety of employment services to job seekers, including free help with their interviewing skills or résumés and with job referrals.

Locations of local WorkSource offices are listed in the blue pages of telephone books and online at Assistance also is available by phone at 877-872-5627.

In addition, more than 26,000 current job openings are posted on