PACIFIC COUNTY — Pacific County’s April 2013 jobless rate was 10.5 percent, according to an analysis released on May 21 by the Washington State Employment Security Department.

This was the lowest rate among its neighbors in Washington, particularly Grays Harbor County, where the rate stood at 12.1 percent — the highest in the state.

By another measure, the filing of claims for unemployment insurance, Pacific County continues to show significant improvements.

Initial claims filed by the newly jobless came to 140 in the county in April, down from 149 in March. This April’s initial filings were the lowest for the month since 2008.

Continuing unemployment claims by those without jobs for longer periods totaled 311 in April, down from 333 in March, and again the lowest for the month since 2008. In April 2012, the number of continuing claims was 410. They reached as high as 742 in April 2009 during the pit of the recession.

Only 17 people ran out of eligibility of unemployment compensation this April, compared to 27 in March and 32 in April 2012. The number of exhausted claims for the first four months of 2013 was 80, compared to 104 in the same period in 2012 and 123 in 2009 when the recession was at its worst.

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