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 apple harvests, according to Don Meseck, a regional labor economist in Yakima. Also tied to the record harvest, the trucking and warehousing sector showed a 13.3 percent rise (20 jobs).
Other sectors showing gains were manufacturing with an 8.3 percent rise (30 jobs) and construction with a 4.2 percent increase (30 jobs). The government sector posted a 3.5 percent decrease for a loss of 170 jobs compared to May 2012.