Mason County saw a decrease in its unemployment rate from September to October. According to Washington State Employment Security, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 5.2 percent. That is two-tenths of a percentage point from September’s revised rate of 5.4 percent and is a half percent lower than last October’s rate of 5.7 percent.

Aside from Jefferson County which saw its unemployment rate stay at 4.5 percent, adjacent counties saw slight increases in unemployment in October. Grays Harbor County had the largest increase from 5.8 percent to 6 percent. The remaining counties, Kitsap (3.7%), Pierce (4.3%) and Thurston (3.9%) counties all saw increases of one-tenth of a percent from September to October.