Washington state’s Employment Security Division released county-by-county unemployment numbers for January today, with the South Sound generally faring well compared to the rest of the state.
Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap Counties continue to be among the top 10 counties in the state in terms of jobless rate, with all three coming in under 7 percent. Thurston and Kitsap clock in tied for fifth-lowest unemployment in Washington with a 6.0 percent rate, while Pierce comes in knotted for ninth with two other western counties. King County, predictably, continues to pace the state with a 3.8 percent unemployment rate; the state unemployment rate is at 5.1 percent.
Not all is rosy in the South Sound, though. The region’s more rural counties continue to lag behind in the unemployment category, with both Lewis and Mason County both seeing an 8.5 jobless rate. The highest unemployment numbers in the state continue to come from counties on the inland side, with Ferry County (highest in the state at 12.5 percent) among seven eastern counties with greater than 9 percent unemployment.