Jobless numbers down statewide, but up in Grays Harbor County


Grays Harbor County led the state in unemployment for the second month in a row, while Pacific County saw a slight drop in its jobless rate, according to May information released by the state Employment Security Department Tuesday.

Grays Harbor’s unemployment ticked up to 12.2 percent in May, from 12.1 percent in April. Pacific County continued its slow but steady reduction, dropping from 10.5 percent in April to 10.4 percent in May.

Grays Harbor County led the state, followed again by Ferry County at 11.7, Lewis County at 11.1, and Wahkiakum County at 10.6. Pacific and Columbia counties tied for fifth-highest at 10.4 percent.

Rounding out the top 10 were Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, both at 10.3, Cowlitz County at 10.2 and Mason County at 10.1.

Statewide, unemployment dropped to a seasonally adjusted 6.6 percent (6.8 percent without adjustment). That’s down from 7 percent in April, and nearly a full percentage point since March’s 7.5 percent.