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Unemployment rate in Mason County dips lower in October

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Mason County residents found work in October, shrinking the unemployment rate for the fourth month in a row according to new numbers released by the Washington State Employment Security Department.

The department reported an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, which is .2 percent lower than the unemployment rate for September. The county's unemployment statistics are not adjusted for seasonal factors such as climatic conditions, production cycles and holidays.

While the county's not-seasonally adjusted rate dropped, statewide the rate grew.

The state reported a not-seasonally adjusted rate of 5 percent for October.

Other like counties throughout the state reported the same or worse unemployment rates for October.

Grays Harbor, 7.8 percent, and Lewis, 7.1 percent, remained stagnant from September to October, while Pacific County's unemployment rate rocketed from 7.1 percent in September to 7.8 a month later.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent for October.

According to labor market information provided by the Employment Security Department, non-farm employment is up 2.8 percent year over year for the month of October in Mason County.

Historically, the unemployment rate in Mason County has risen in November and December after shrinking in October.

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Original Publication Date: December 3, 2015

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