County Unemployment Hits Lowest Rate of Year

Mason County’s unemployment rate dropped in July to the lowest level of the year. According to Washington State Employment Security, the County’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent. That’s four-tenths of a percentage point below June’s revised rate of 6.2 percent and three-tenths of a percent lower than July 2017’s rate of 6.1 percent. July’s rate is also the lowest unemployment since October of last year.

Adjacent counties also saw decreases in unemployment. The largest drop in July was in Jefferson County where the unemployment rate went down a half percent to 5.3 percent. The smallest decrease was in Lewis County which only dropped two-tenths of a percent to 5.7 percent. Grays Harbor (6%), Kitsap (4.3%), Pierce (4.8%), and Thurston (4.4%) counties all saw a three-tenths of a percentage point drop in unemployment rate last month.