Mason County’s unemployment rate dropped in May but remained high. Washington State Employment Security says the County’s unemployment rate last month was 14.8 percent. That’s down a percent and a half from the April’s revised rate of 16.3 percent which was the highest on record since 1990. May’s unemployment is the second highest. The previous high unemployment rate in Mason County was 13.9 percent in January 2010. Unemployment rates prior to 1990 were not available for comparison.
With the exception of Grays Harbor County (which has had the same unemployment rate of 19.3 percent the past two months), adjacent counties also saw decreases in unemployment in May after record high unemployment rates in April. Pierce County saw the largest drop last month (1.8%) to 16.9 percent. Thurston County’s unemployment rate in May was 14.4 percent – a drop of 1.6 percent. Jefferson County’s unemployment rate last month decreased 1.4 percent to 16 percent. Kitsap County’s 13.3 percent dropped 1.2 percent from April to May. And Lewis County saw a decrease of eight-tenths of a percent last month to 15.8 percent.