Grays Harbor County unemployment rate up a percent in January

The unemployment rate in Grays Harbor County grew a full percentage point in January, according to statistics released by the State Employment Security Office Tuesday.

In December 2017 the county’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent. It climbed to 8.2 percent in the first month of 2018.

The December rate in Pacific County was 7.4 percent, which climbed to 8.5 percent in January.

Grays Harbor County is currently ranked 10th highest for unemployment in the state. Pacific County is ninth. The highest unemployment rate remains Ferry County in northeast Washington, which rose from 14.1 percent unemployment in December to 15.9 percent in January.

Statewide, 6,800 jobs were gained in January and the statewide unemployment rate is 4.7 percent. In Grays Harbor County in January, out of workforce of 27,838, 25,546 were employed during that month. In Pacific County, 7,618 members of the 8,328 total labor force were employed in January.