Pierce County's jobless rate showed more improvement in October, falling to 8 percent last month from 8.3 percent in September, according to state Employment Security Department released Tuesday.
The 8 percent jobless rate is the lowest it has been since the pre-recession years of 2005 to 2008.
Seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment also fell in the September-to-October period, down to 8.2 percent from 8.5 percent. The national unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in October.
Regional jobless rates for October, not seasonally adjusted:
• Kitsap County: 6.6 percent.
• King County (Seattle, Bellevue): 6.7 percent.
• Thurston County: 6.9 percent.
• Pierce County: 8 percent.
• Mason County: 9.4 percent.
• Lewis County: 11.3 percent.
• Grays Harbor County: 11.3 percent.