Whatcom’s unemployment rate rises to 6.1 percent

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate rose in October as more people were actively looking for work.

The local unemployment rate was 6.1 percent last month, up from a revised rate of 5.2 percent in September, according to new data from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The number of employed Whatcom County residents increased by 890 to 97,210 between September and October, while the number of people actively seeking work increased by 1,040 to 6,320 for the same period.

Skagit County’s unemployment rate was 7 percent last month, while Snohomish County came in at 4.8 percent. King County’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent. Grays Harbor had the highest county unemployment rate, at 9.9 percent.