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Unemployment rises in Grant County

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EPHRATA — A shrinking number of goods-producing jobs — including manufacturing and construction — lifted Grant County’s unemployment rate in November to 8.9 percent, the state Employment Security Department announced Thursday.

The increase of 0.4 percent over November 2012 broke a 38-month streak of even or improved jobless rates for the county. The last time the monthly rate rose in year-over-year comparisons was in September 2010.

The goods producing sector fell 7.9 percent (450 jobs) to follow a decreasing…

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