County Unemployment Rises

The unemployment rate in Mason County rose slightly in November. The Employment Security Department says the County’s unemployment rate last month was 5.7 percent. That’s three-tenths of a percentage point higher than October’s revised rate of 5.4 percent but is a percent and a half lower than November 2016’s rate of 7.2 percent.

Other than Jefferson County (where the unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent), adjacent counties also saw slight increases. Kitsap (4.5%), Pierce (4.7%), and Thurston (4.4%) counties had increases of one-tenth of a percent. Grays Harbor County saw an increase in unemployment last month of two-tenths to 6.1 percent. And Lewis County had an increase of four-tenths of a percent to 5.9 percent.