Grays Harbor no longer the highest unemployment statewide

The Grays Harbor unemployment number dropped in July, moving the county out of the top position statewide.

Unemployment figures show that 11.7% of the county is unemployed, according to the Washington Department. This is a drop from 12.1% in June. Pacific County also saw a drop in their numbers, down to 10.1% for July compared to the June figure of 10.8%.

Grays Harbor has seen improvement from prior July figures, showing 12.4% in 2012 and 12.6% in 2011.

Ferry County in Eastern Washington once again shows the highest unemployment in the state at 11.9%, with not far behind at 11.5%.

Washington has regained about 83%, or 171,500, of the 205,000 jobs it lost during the recession, and showed an estimated 6.9% seasonally adjusted rate. The state has seen 10 straight months of job growth, averaging about 6,000 jobs a month.

The unemployment rate represents the percentage of the labor force that’s unemployed and actively looking for work through the Employment Security Department. People who do not use their services, such as retraining, are not counted as part of the labor force when calculating the rate.

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