Grays Harbor no longer among highest in state

Grays Harbor unemployment dropped in March, and is no longer in the bottom 3 statewide.

According to the Employment Security Department, Grays Harbor now shows a rate of 11.4%, down from a seasonally adjusted 11.9% in February.

Pacific County also dropped, now sitting at 10.5% compared to 11.1% in February.

Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille have to highest unemployment rates statewide.

Grays Harbor lost 100 people in the overall labor force within the month, but 50 more people were employed from February to March. The current labor force shows only 20 workers less between March 2013 and today, but an additional 380 are employed.

In March of last year, local unemployment was 12.9%, 14% in 2011-12, and 15.5% in 2009-2010. In 2008, when local unemployment was only 7.8%, our labor force was 3,550 workers larger.

Statewide, unemployment is 6.3%, with nearly 61,000 jobs added in the last year, including more than 18,000 since the start of the year.

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