County Unemployment Rate Drops in May

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.