By Rolf Boone
Pierce County’s unemployment rate once again climbed above 9 percent, rising to 9.5 percent in May from a revised 8.8 percent jobless rate in April, according to state Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.
The increase in the county’s jobless rate likely is another setback for the economy after the unemployment rate had dipped briefly below 9 percent in April.
Another concern: May’s unemployment rate was approaching the 9.9 percent jobless rate reported in May 2011.
Meanwhile, statewide unemployment, which is seasonally adjusted (county rates are not), inched higher to 8.3 percent in May from 8.2 percent in April, even though the state added 11,700 jobs in the same period, the data show.
Regional jobless rates for May, not seasonally adjusted:
– King County (Seattle-Bellevue area): 7.1 percent.
– Kitsap County: 7.8 percent.
– Thurston County: 8.1 percent.
– Pierce County: 9.5 percent.
– Mason County: 10.9 percent.
– Lewis County: 13 percent.
– Grays Harbor County: 13.7 percent.
For more on this story, see Wednesday’s News Tribune.