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The unemployment rate in Chelan and Douglas Counties ticked up again in October, according to the latest job statistics from the State Employment Security Department.

The local rate is 3.9 percent, up from 3.3 percent in October last year.

The local labor force continues to grow, with about one thousand more people looking for work, but that growth is slower than the rise of the number of unemployed, said Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck.

Meseck told KOHO most industries were flat for October, with tourism down slightly.

The Wenatchee metro area’s nonfarm market provided 47,000 jobs in October, a 200-job loss since October 2018.

Meseck said they expected unemployment rates to be lower this year after record lows last year.

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