WENATCHEE — Summertime construction and leftover shipping from last year’s harvest helped boost jobs in July in Chelan and Douglas counties.
July’s unemployment rate improved 0.3 percent over the same month last year to hit 5.5 percent in the two-county area. It was the 24th straight month to show a decline in the jobless rate.
Job numbers for Chelan and Douglas counties were released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department. Numbers for Okanogan and Grant counties are due in coming weeks.
Sectors showing gains included warehousing and shipping (300 jobs), mostly for fresh fruit, education and health (200 jobs), construction (100 jobs) and manufacturing (100 jobs).
Jobs in tourism declined by 200 and in retail by 100 when compared to July 2012, state numbers showed.