While there are still more people employed locally in the South Sound than had jobs one year ago, June did see a slight rise in unemployment rates for each county and for the state of Washington.
Federally-collected labor statistics parsed down to the county level show a drop in jobs from May to June 2016, with private sector employment adding 1,000 while government jobs decreased by 1,500 with the end of school terms and start of summer.
Pierce County now has 6.5 percent unemployment rate, up from 6.1 percent in May. Thurston County is at 6.1 percent, compared to 5.7 percent the month earlier. Lewis County’s jobless rate is up to 8.4 from 7.8 percent and Mason County in June recorded 7.9 percent unemployment, up from 7.3 percent in May. You can see the full monthly data set at this link.
All these are non-seasonally adjusted numbers, so they cannot be directly compared to the 5.8 percent statewide unemployment rate recorded in June. The preliminary U.S. rate for last month was 4.9 percent.