County Unemployment Rises

Mason County’s unemployment rate rose in January. According to Washington State Employment Security Department’s preliminary figures, the County’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent. That is seven-tenths of a percentage point higher than December’s revised rate of 5.8 percent but nine-tenths of a percent lower than January 2019’s 7.4 percent rate.

Adjacent counties also saw increases in January. Grays Harbor’s rate of 8.3 percent is up six-tenths of a percent. Jefferson County’s unemployment rate was a half percent higher in January at 5.8 percent. Thurston County saw an increase of four-tenths percent at 4.8 percent. And there was a three-tenths of a percent increase in Kistap (4.4%) and Pierce (5.1%) counties.

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