County Unemployment Up Slightly

The unemployment rate in Mason County increased slightly in September. The State Employment Security Department says the County’s unemployment rate last month was 5.8 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised rate for August of 5.7 percent but more than two percent lower than September 2016’s rate of 7.9 percent. The September number marks the first increase in the unemployment rate in the County during 2017. The year started with an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent – up eigth-tenths from December 2016’s rate of 7.7 percent and was at its lowest level in August (5.7%) since August 1999.

Adjacent counties saw similar changes with the largest decrease in Lewis County which was down three-tenths of a percent to 5.7 percent. Jefferson County’s unemployment rate increase two-tenths of a percent to 5.7 percent. Aberdeen (6.1%), Pierce (4.8%) and Thurston (4.5%) counties saw a one-tenth of a percent drop. And Kitsatp County’s unemployment rate in September stayed the same at 4.6 percent.