South Sound unemployment rates rose in January, likely the result of the retail industry shedding seasonal holiday jobs, according to state Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.
A regional economist could not be reached Tuesday.
Pierce County’s jobless rate rose to 6.4 percent in January from 6 percent in December, the data show. Thurston County’s unemployment rate made a similar move, rising to 6 percent from 5.5 percent over the same period.
Every year, Employment Security releases its January and February unemployment data in March. The county-level jobless figures for February will be released March 28.
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Regional jobless rates for January, not seasonally adjusted
▪ King County: 3.8 percent
▪ Kitsap County: 6 percent
▪ Thurston County: 6 percent
▪ Pierce County: 6.4 percent
▪ Mason County: 8.5 percent
▪ Lewis County: 8.5 percent
▪ Grays Harbor County: 9 percent
Source: Employment Security Department