Grays Harbor dropped 1/10th of a percent in unemployment in June, but continues to top the State figures. County by county unemployment numbers were released and show Grays Harbor at 12.1% for June, compared to 12.2% in May. Pacific County saw an increase last month from 10.4% in May to 10.8% last month.
Most counties in Washington saw an increase last month despite a reduction statewide. This includes King and Snohomish Counties who saw increases up to an entire percentage point.
Washington statewide unemployment reached its lowest point in 5 years in May at 6.8% according to the Employment Security Department, dropping below 7% for the first time since November 2008.
Looking back, in June of 2012, Grays Harbor was at 13% unemployment, and only a year earlier saw June showing 13.8% overall.
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.