A look at Washington’s unemployment

As Christmas approaches, we hope everyone gets a visit from Santa, or is happy & healthy and financially secure. Truth is, there are ever so many that area not having a happy Christmas. They may be unemployed, homeless, ill, injured or in a jail or prison. In any case, it always pays to share some love to all. That is the greatest gift of the Christmas Season.

There are agencies you should all know about, calling 211 will help you find them to help those in need. I learned about Sound Outreach, who helps provide many services also.

For a look into the State of Washington, here is a county by county assessment of unemployment. King County may be healthy, but so many other areas are really still distressed. This is a three year average unemployment.

Three Year Average Distressed Area:
Unemployment Rate Unemployment Rate Greater
(Jan 2013 – Dec 2015) Than or Equal to 7.5%
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Washington State 6.3
Adams County 7.5 Yes
Asotin County 6.1
Benton County 7.7 Yes
Chelan County 6.3
Clallam County 8.7 Yes
Clark County 7.3
Columbia County 7.3
Cowlitz County 8.5 Yes
Douglas County 7.2
Ferry County 11.7 Yes
Franklin County 8.4 Yes
Garfield County 6.7
Grant County 7.7 Yes
Grays Harbor County 10.4 Yes
Island County 6.7
Jefferson County 8.2 Yes
King County 4.7
Kitsap County 6.3
Kittitas County 6.9
Klickitat County 8.1 Yes
Lewis County 9.3 Yes
Lincoln County 6.2
Mason County 8.7 Yes
Okanogan County 7.6 Yes
Pacific County 10.1 Yes
Pend Oreille County 10.5 Yes
Pierce County 7.2
San Juan County 5.3
Skagit County 7.5 Yes
Skamania County 8.5 Yes
Snohomish County 5.3
Spokane County 7.2
Stevens County 9.7 Yes
Thurston County 6.7
Wahkiakum County 10.3 Yes
Walla Walla County 6.4
Whatcom County 6.6
Whitman County 5.3
Yakima County 8.9 Yes
1 Prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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