Mason County’s unemployment rate increased in June. Preliminary figures from the Employment Security Department for Washington State show the county’s unemployment last month was 6.9 percent. That’s up eight-tenths of a percentage point from May’s revised rate of 6.1 percent and up nine-tenth of a percent from June 2018’s rate of 6 percent. This is the first increase in Mason County’s unemployment rate since February when the rate was 8 percent.
Adjacent counties also saw increases in unemployment in June. Jefferson (6.3%), Kitsap (5.2%), Lewis (6.5%) and Thurston (5.3%) were up seven-tenths of a percent. Pierce County saw an increase of six-tenths to 5.6 percent. And the unemployment rate in Grays Harbor County went up a half a percent to 7.3 percent.