October's unemployment rate was the lowest since a 7.2 percent jobless rate in January 2009, the data show. Seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment also fell in the September-to-October period, down to 8.2 percent from 8.5 percent. The national unemployment rate in October was 7.9 percent.
Regional jobless rates for October, not seasonally adjusted:
-Kitsap County: 6.6 percent.
-King County (Seattle, Bellevue): 6.7 percent.
-Thurston County: 6.9 percent.
-Pierce County: 8 percent.
-Mason County: 9.4 percent.
-Lewis County: 11.3 percent.
-Grays Harbor County: 11.3 percent.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's Olympian.