Grays Harbor unemployment rises in November
Unemployment in Grays Harbor increased almost a half a point in November, reaching 11.3% and showed the highest rate statewide, with Pacific County tied for 3rd highest in the state with Lewis County, also increasing to 10.4%.
In 2012, Grays Harbor was even higher at 11.4%, and Pacific County was at 10.6%. In 2009 and 2010, Grays Harbor was at 13.2% for November, and 12.9% in 2011. Pacific County showed figures at 13.2% for 2009 and 12.9% in 2010/2011, showing improvement over the years.
Historically, Grays Harbor has been leading the statewide unemployment figures, along with Ferry County. Ferry rose over an entire percentage in November to 11%.
Statewide unemployment dropped in November to an estimated 6.8%. Snohomish and King Counties both dropped their figures for November, while the majority of counties in the state rose. Franklin County in Eastern Washington saw the highest increase, from 6.7% in October to 9.7%. Whitman County shows the lowest figure in the state, at 4.7%.
In November, an estimated 235,200 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work. That includes over 101,000 who claimed unemployment benefits last month.