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Okanogan County’s jobless rate falls in June

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OKANOGAN — Okanogan County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in June as worker ranks grew in manufacturing and construction.

The improvement was 2 percentage points below the jobless rate in June 2013, said Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck. “It’s a step in the right direction for the local economy.”

Sectors showing gains in June included manufacturing with a 22.2 percent rise (80 jobs), construction with a 10.3 percent increase (70 jobs), education and health services with a 3.9 percent gain (60 jobs) and tourism with a 2 percent hike (30 jobs).

Declining sectors included professional and business services with a 9.4 percent drop (50 jobs), information and financial activities with 3.7 percent decline (20 jobs) and retail with a 1.1 percent decrease (20 jobs).

In June, total government jobs showed a slight increase of about 0.2 percent (10 jobs) with state and local government workforces gaining 30 positions and the federal workforce falling by 20 employees.

 

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