Grays Harbor and Pacific County were both in the top three for the highest unemployment rates in the state.
According to the Washington State Employment Security Department’s not seasonally adjusted numbers, Grays Harbor’s May rate of 6.9% was the third highest in the state with only Pacific County, at 7.0%, and Ferry County, at 10.1%, being higher.
However, Grays Harbor’s unemployment rate dropped from April’s 7.5% as the labor force and total number of those employed grew while those on unemployment fell.
There were 302 more people employed in May than in April and 178 less on unemployment.
Comparing Grays Harbor’s numbers to last May, the labor force grew as did those employed but there were more people on unemployment this year than last year and the unemployment rate was lower in 2018.
May was the sixth month in a row that saw a higher rate than in the previous year.
In Pacific County the labor force and total number of those employed grew from April and those on unemployment fell.
Those employed grew by 123 while those on unemployment dropped by 61 resulting in the unemployment rate falling from 7.8% in April to 7.0% in May.
More information on Washington State Unemployment can be found at https://esd.wa.gov/labormarketinfo/labor-force?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery and https://esd.wa.gov/labormarketinfo/monthly-employment-report?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
*Latest month not seasonally adjusted