County Unemployment Rate Down in October

After a slight increase in September, the unemployment rate in Mason County dropped in October. The Employment Security Department of Washington State reports the County’s unemployment rate last month was 5.5 percent. That’s down three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised rate for September of 5.8 percent and down nearly two percent (1.9%) from October 2016’s rate of 7.3 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate for Mason County so far this year and the lowest since October 1999.

With the exception of Grays Harbor County, which held steady at 6 percent, adjacent counties saw slight decreases in unemployment in October. Jefferson (5.4%) and Kitsap (4.4%) counties saw drops of two-tenths of a percent last month while Lewis (5.6%), Tacoma (4.7%) and Thurston (4.4%) counties saw decreases of one-tenth of a percent.