Grays Harbor/Pacific counties at top of statewide unemployment

The Grays Harbor and Pacific County unemployment rates dropped between April and May, along with the statewide rate, but both local counties are still among the highest in the state.

Pacific County held the highest unemployment in the state for May, at 7.7%, down from 8.6% in April.

Grays Harbor sits at second highest in Washington at 7.6%, down from 8.9% in April.

All counties in the state saw a decline month-to-month, but the rankings among counties followed a similar pattern.

In Grays Harbor and Pacific County, the total labor force, total employment, and total unemployment also dropped from April.

Grays Harbor April 2021 May 2021
Labor Force 28,319 27,457
Total Employment 25,793 25,362
Total Unemployment 2,526 2,095
Unemployment Rate 8.90% 7.60%
Pacific County April 2021 May 2021
Labor Force 8,805 8,150
Total Employment 8,048 7,520
Total Unemployment 757 630
Unemployment Rate 8.60% 7.70%
*Not seasonally adjusted