County Unemployment Down Again

Mason County’s Unemployment rate dropped again in April. According to preliminary numbers from the State’s Employment Security Department, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 6.8 percent. That’s down four-tenths of a percentage point from the revised rate for March of 7.2 percent and a half percent higher than April of 2018’s rate of 6.3 percent. This is the second drop since unemployment hit 8 percent in February.

Adjacent counties also saw decreases in unemployment in April with the largest drop (seven-tenths) in Grays Harbor County which went from 8.3 percent to 7.6 percent. Lewis County (6.6%) had a decrease in unemployment last month of six-tenths of a percent. Jefferson County dropped a half percent to 6.4 percent. Kitsap (5%) and Pierce (5.5%) counties saw decreases of two-tenths of a percent. And there was a one-tenth of a percent drop in unemployment in Thurston County last month to 5.2 percent.