The Washington State Employment Security Department released county-by-county unemployment numbers and the Grays Harbor unemployment rate rose 1/10 of a percent in February ending at 13.9%.
Grays Harbor is tied for the second worst unemployment numbers in the state. Lewis County also showed a 13.9% unemployment rate while Ferry County remained the highest percentage in the state rising almost an entire percent to 15.8% for February.
The statewide rate for February dropped to 8.2 percent, down from a revised rate of 8.4 percent in January. February’s jobless rate is the lowest since January 2009, when it was 7.7 percent.
Officials said that as a result of the improvement, the maximum weeks of unemployment benefits will likely be reduced from 99 down to 73 in April because both of the of the federal benefits-extension programs are triggered by states’ unemployment rates.