Mason County’s unemployment rate increase 10 percent in April. According to preliminary figures from Washington State Employment Security, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 16.1 percent. That’s up ten percentage points from the revised rate for March of 6.1 percent. And 9.5 percent higher than the revised rate for April 2019 of 6.6 percent.
With the exception of Kitsap County, adjacent counties also saw double digit increases in unemployment in April. Grays Harbor County’s unemployment last month was up 12.6 percent to 19.4 percent – second highest unemployment rate in the state. Pierce County saw an increase of 13.3% to 18.2 percent – fifth highest unemployment rate in the state. Jefferson County’s unemployment rate in April was 17.3 percent – up 12 percent. Thurston County saw a 10.3 percent bump in unemployment last month to 14.9 percent. Lewis County’s unemployment rate was 16.3 percent – up 10.1 percent. And Kitsap County saw a 9.9 percent increase in unemployment to 14.1 percent.