The unemployment rate in Mason County dropped slightly in August but has hit the lowest mark since 1999. According to the State Employment Security Department, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 5.7 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised July rate of 5.8 percent and down more than two percentage points from August 2016’s rate of 8 percent. This marks the seventh month in a row Mason County has seen a decrease in unemployment and is the lowest rate since October 2007. The last time the County saw an unemployment rate at 5.7 percent was August of 1999.
Adjacent counties saw little or no change in their unemployment rates. There were no changes in the unemployment rates for Grays Harbor (6.3%), Kitsap (4.7%) and Pierce (5%) counties. While Jefferson (5.5%), Lewis (6.1%) and Thurston (4.6%) counties saw decreases of one-tenth of a percent.