Despite Rising Unemployment Rate, Local Economy Sporting Solid Growth

The Chelan-Douglas County economy continues to gain jobs and add people to the labor force, but the unemployment rate is up again.

In the month of June, the local unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, up from 3.8 percent in June last year. But non-agriculture related jobs grew by 2.3 percent over that same period, adding more than 1,000 jobs, says Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck.

Construction, which has been adding jobs for three straight years, once again saw the most growth with 200 news jobs this June over last, followed by tourism, health and education services and, even a few manufacturing jobs.

Retail took the biggest hit, losing 200 jobs, a trend Meseck said will continue to impact the local economy as more shopping goes online and big box stores close.

The state’s unemployment rate in June was also 4.4 percent.

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