The unemployment rate in Pierce and Thurston counties dipped slightly in August compared with the previous month, but remains higher than at the same time last year.
The state Employment Security Department released county-level unemployment figures for August on Tuesday. They measure nonfarm employment.
The state says Pierce County’s August unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, while Thurston County saw 5.9 percent unemployment for nonfarm jobs.
Those numbers are down slightly from July’s 6.7 percent in Pierce County and 6.3 percent in Thurston County.
Both figures are a little higher than at the same time last year — but a far cry from five years ago, when Pierce County topped 10 percent unemployment and Thurston saw 9.1 percent unemployment, in August 2011.