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Fruit packing helps shrink Okanogan County’s jobless rate

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YAKIMA — Fruit warehouses in the Okanogan Valley packed on the jobs in July to help shrink Okanogan County’s unemployment rate for the 25th straight month.

The county’s July jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent, a 0.3 percent decrease from same month last year, the state Employment Security Department said Monday.

Work in packing houses and trucking — left over from 2012’s record apple harvest — led all sectors with a 53 percent increase (80 jobs) from July…

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