County unemployment ticks up in October

Unemployment in Grays Harbor County ticked up three-tenths of a percent to 6.8 percent in October. That compares to 4.1 statewide.

In Pacific County, the rate for October was 7.1 percent. Grays Harbor and Pacific were among six counties in which the rate exceeded 6 percent, with Ferry, in the northeast part of the state, posting the highest at 9.6 percent

King County had the lowest jobless rate at 2.7 percent.

Grays Harbor started the year at 8.3 percent and peaked so far at 8.6 in February, but the trend line has been generally better since March.

The 6.8 percent for Grays Harbor in October compares to 6.1 a year earlier.

Here’s how neighboring counties did in October: Thurston, 4.6 percent; Mason, 6.1 percent; Jefferson, 5.6 percent; and Clallam, 6.4 percent.