Despite Job, Labor Force Growth, Local Unemployment Rate Up Again

A bit more good than bad economic news in the latest jobs report for Chelan and Douglas Counties.

The local unemployment rate ticked up to 4.9 percent for May this year, compared to 4.6 percent in May 2018, with about 300 more people unemployed. Every month this year has seen a slight rise in the unemployment.

However the labor force continues to grow, with 1,850 more people looking for work, returning to work or moving to the area.

North Central Washington Labor Economist Don Meseck told KOHO retail took the biggest hit in May, with most other categories adding jobs. Sectors on a continuing growth trend are construction, health care, education and tourism.

Meseck said local job growth has kept pace with the statewide trends. Washington’s unemployment rate in May was 4.2 percent.

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