NCW — Chelan and Douglas counties added 800 jobs, an increase of 1.7 percent, between May 2018-19, according to a report released Tuesday.

It follows an 85-month trend dating back to 2012 of job growth in the area, according to the state Employment Security Department.

The civilian labor force in the two-county area grew to 66,092 in May from 64,237 the year before, according to the report.

Of that group, 4.9 percent are unemployed. That’s a slight increase from May 2018, when the employment rate was 4.6 percent, according to the report.

The largest job growth was in the state government category, which was up 7.1 percent from 2018. Manufacturing and leisure/hospitality each grew just over 4 percent.

The biggest drop was in the trade, transportation, warehousing and utilities category, which fell 5.1 percent.

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