Pierce County’s unemployment rate dropped 2.5 points in October.

However, recent statewide restrictions in response to increasing daily COVID-19 case counts have sparked an uptick in new unemployment claims, according to WorkForce Central’s most recent employment report.

During October, the unemployment rate in Pierce County stood at 6.9 percent — a drop of 2.5 points from the adjusted September rate. Total employment was up 25,173 over September to 432,517, and the total unemployed dropped by 10,585 to 31,910, according to the report.

Demand remained strong in October among healthcare (1,781) and warehouse and transportation workers (1,779), with a specific need for registered nurses (736), retail sales (681), and warehouse stockers (623).

Looking to November, however, WorkForce Central noted that it is beginning to see an uptick in new claims mostly filed by workers exiting food service and drinking places. According to WorkForce Central, the rise is following the most recent statewide restrictions in response to increasing daily COVID-19 case counts.

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