County Unemployment Drops Again; Lowest in Ten Years

The unemployment rate in Mason County dropped again in July to the lowest level in a decade. The Employment Security Department of Washington State reports the County’s unemployment rate for last month was 5.9 percent. That’s down two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised rate for June of 6.1 percent and down 1.7 percent from July 2016’s rate of 7.6 percent. Mason County’s unemployment rate hasn’t been this low since October 2007 when it dropped to 5.8 percent.

Adjacent counties saw little or no change in unemployment in July. Grays Harbor (6.3%), Kitsap (4.7%) and Lewis (6%) counties staying the same as June. Jefferson (5.6%) and Thurston (4.7%)counties saw one-tenth of a percent increases. And Pierce County’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percet to 5 percent.