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Record harvest continues to push job gains in Okanogan County

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OKANOGAN — Jobs in wholesale trade here took a jump in May to help shrink the unemployment rate for the month to 8.8 percent, the 23rd consecutive month of decreases or no change since July 2011.

That’s a 0.9 percent drop from May 2012, according to a report released Friday by the state Employment Security Department.

In year-over-year comparisons, wholesale trade — mostly fruit packing warehouses — added 120 jobs to continue processing and shipping of 2012’s record…

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