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Winter Storm Watch issued January 16 at 3:40AM PST until January 18 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE FROM FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT... .A DEEP FETCH OF SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE NOSES INTO THE REGION STARTING TONIGHT AND LINGERS THROUGH MIDWEEK. THIS WARM, MOIST CONVEYOR BELT WILL OVERRUN A VERY COLD AIR MASS CURRENTLY IN PLACE BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERAL HOURS OF FREEZING RAIN, SLEET,

M.L.King Day

Hi19° Slight Chance Wintry Mix and Patchy Freezing Fog

Tonight

Lo15° Chance Wintry Mix

Tuesday

Hi29° Wintry Mix Likely

Tuesday Night

Lo26° Rain

Wednesday

Hi36° Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo29° Rain Likely then Slight Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi36° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday Night

Lo27° Slight Chance Rain/Snow

Friday

Hi34° Rain Likely

Friday Night

Lo24° Snow Likely

Unemployment rate falls as jobs jump in December

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WENATCHEE — Bustle in local tourism and construction trades helped bring more jobs and lower unemployment to Chelan and Douglas counties in December, the state Employment Security Department reported last week.

Job increases in most sectors in the two-county area showed moderate to substantial jumps in December, pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.5 percent, a 0.9-percent drop from the same month one year ago.

December was the 29th straight month of decline or no change for the jobless rate in Chelan and Douglas counties.

Percentage-wise, construction led all sectors with an 11.8 percent gain (200 jobs), followed by tourism with a 7.8 percent jump (400 jobs) over December 2012. Retail posted a 5 percent increase (300 jobs).

The state-government sector showed the sharpest decline, dropping 25 percent (300 jobs) as season-end temporary jobs on state lands wrapped up. Statewide, the number of state government jobs increased year-over-year in the last 17 months, reported the Employment Security Department.

 

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