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Job numbers climb in Yakima County

In June, Yakima County’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since last November. The rate for June 2013 was 8.7 percent, a significant drop from May’s 9.5 percent unemployment rate.

June’s rate is also a slight drop from the June 2012 unemployment rate of 8.9 percent.

Non-farm employers in June 2013 provided 77,700 jobs, a 600 gain from the same period a year earlier. It also represents a pick-up of 100 more non-farm jobs from May 2013.

Don Meseck with the state’s Employment Security Department notes the manufacturing and wholesale trade industries each added 100 jobs in June 2013. Also, compared to June 2012, retail trade gained 600 jobs in Yakima County.

Industries facing the biggest employment drop over the past 12 months are professional and business services with a loss of 300 jobs.

The agriculture sector again showed the biggest growth in jobs over the past 12 months. In June 2013 an area encompassing Yakima and Klickitat counties saw a jump of 5,380 jobs compared to June 2012. Of the 40,500 ag jobs in the region, 95 percent are on farms and orchards in Yakima County, according to Meseck.

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