Business / Economy

Local Economy: Unemployment Rate Ticks Up, Labor Force Continues To Grow

The latest jobs report for Chelan and Douglas Counties shows a slight rise in the unemployment rate, but more people are still joining the local labor force. According to new stats from the State Employment Security Department, the local economy added 400 jobs between February 2018 and 2019, and the labor force grew by nearly…

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2018 Tourism Report: Sporting Events Brought $10 Million Boost To Local Economy

The 2018 Annual Tourism Report is out from the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. It breaks down how sports events, outdoor recreation and more impact the local economy, with big events alone bringing in $10 million to the Valley last year. Tourism remains the fourth-largest industry in the Wenatchee Valley, said Jerri Barkley, the Chamber’s…

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Wenatchee Library Temporarily Moving Downtown During $1.5 Million Remodel

Wenatchee Public Library will move into a temporary downtown location for one year while the existing library undergoes a $1.5 million remodel. North Central Regional Library signed a lease last week with Wenatchee Downtown Investments for the old Seafirst Bank building at the corner of Orondo and Wenatchee Avenues. The library will begin moving into…

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