Grays Harbor jobless rate continues to climb

Grays Harbor County’s jobless rate inched up in February coming in just under 14 percent. Pacific County’s unemployment rate fell .4 percent to 12.4. Both rates were high enough to keep the Twin Harbors among the 10 highest counties, though Pacific rounded out the list at No. 10.

After five months at or below 12 percent from July to November, Grays Harbor’s jobless rate has been on the rise, jumping above 13 percent in January for the first time since March of last year.

Ferry County (15.1 percent) had the highest jobless rate in the state, followed by Pend Oreille (14.1), Grays Harbor (13.9), Stevens (13.7) and Lewis (13.4) rounding out the five highest. Grant (12.9), Okanogan (12.8), Adams (12.6), Franklin (12.5) and Pacific completed the list of the 10 highest jobless rates in the state for February.

Statewide, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate fell .3 percent to 8.2 in February, the state Employment Security Department announced last week.