Mason County’s unemployment rate dropped in May. Preliminary figures from the Washington State Department of Employment Security show the County’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent. That’s a half percentage point lower than the revised rate for April of 6.7 percent but two-tenths of a percent higher than May 2018’s rate of 6 percent. This is also the third month in a row that the unemployment rate dropped.
Adjacent counties also saw drops in unemployment in May with Jefferson County seeing the largest decrease of eight-tenths of a percent to 5.6 percent. Grays Harbor (6.9%) and Lewis (5.9%) counties saw unemployment rates dropped six-tenths of a percent in May. Kitsap (4.5%) and Thurston (4.7%) counties had decreases in unemployment of four-tenths of a percent. And Pierce County’s May unemployment rate dropped three-tenths to 5.2 percent.