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.