While Puget Sound region posts low unemployment rates, many counties still contend with joblessness

The January employment report is out from the Employment Security Department. The ESD map tells the continuing story of an uneven state economy. 

Map of County Unemployment Rates

Seattle Times business writer Blanca Torres reports

King, Snohomish and Pierce counties remain a bright spot for employment compared with the rest of the state, according to data released Tuesday by the Washington Employment Security Department…

Meanwhile, 13 counties had jobless rates of 9.1 percent or higher. The counties with the highest rates were Ferry at 13.3 percent, Yakima at 11 percent and both Grant and Pend Oreille at 10.8 percent.

In our foundation report we noted the challenges facing many parts of our state. 

A careful look at Washington’s economic and employment numbers reveals uneven growth, reflecting an economy that continues to evolve as the result of recession, globalization, and rapid technological innovation. This evolution underscores the need for the state to pursue a strategy of balanced public policies designed to encourage opportunity and shared prosperity.

The Opportunity Washington roadmap identifies the strategies we believe offer the best hope for achieving the goal of shared prosperity. As the unemployment map shows, too many counties in our state continue to confront persistent joblessness.