The unemployment rate in Mason County for March dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.1 percent, according to the Washington Department of Employment Security. The revised unemployment rate for February in the county is 6.2 percent. And a year ago (March 2019) Mason County’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent. The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order are not reflected in these March preliminary figures from Employment Security.
Looking at adjacent counties, Kitsap also saw a one-tenth percent decrease in unemployment in March to 4.1 percent. Jefferson (5.3%), Lewis (6.1%), Pierce (4.8%) and Thurston (4.5%) counties dropped two-tenths of a percent. And Grays Harbor County (6.8%) had a three-tenths percent decrease in unemployment in March.
The unemployment numbers for April should show substantial increases as claims for unemployment skyrocketed by over 800 percent during the final weeks of March.