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July jobless rate falls to lowest in seven years

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WENATCHEE — A summer surge in home construction and seasonal labor helped shrink Chelan and Douglas counties’ July unemployment rate by nearly 24 percent compared to one year ago.

The two-county area’s 3.9 percent unemployment rate is the lowest July job numbers in seven years, according to a report released last week by the state Employment Security Department.

“It’s a step in the right direction for the local economy,” said state Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck.

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