WENATCHEE — This year’s cherry harvest, last year’s record apple crop and an improving construction industry continued to pump up employment in Chelan and Douglas counties in June.
The jobless rate here fell to 6.5 percent in June, a 0.3 percent drop from the same month last year, as more fruit pickers, fruit warehouse workers, truckers and construction workers found work in their respective sectors.
Job reports for Chelan and Douglas counties were released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department. Reports for Okanogan and Grant counties are expected next week.
Construction showed the biggest gain for the month with a 5.3 percent jump (100 jobs) over June 2012, while manufacturing had a 4 percent rise (100 jobs) and transportation and warehousing a 1 percent rise (100 jobs).
Tourism lost 100 jobs in June for a 1.8 percent drop from the year before. Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck said he thought this was a temporary downturn and not indicative of a “tourism slump.”