County Unemployment Up in June

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.