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Tourism boosts Okanogan County jobs in April

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OKANOGAN — Big job gains in tourism, manufacturing and construction helped shrink Okanogan County’s unemployment rate in April to 7.8 percent.

The drop of 1.8 percentage points from April 2013 marked the fourth straight month of year-over-year improvement, the Employment Security Department reported Thursday.

Tourism led all sectors with a 13 percent rise (140 jobs) as the region kicked off fishing season and other summer activities. Other gaining sectors were manufacturing with 17 percent jump (60 jobs) and construction…

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