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Economists generally regard a 4-5% unemployment rate as one that reflects a fully employed workforce characterized by moderate wage growth that is matching gains in labor productivity. In light of the recent recession, some economists think that this "natural" rate of employment now lies in the 5-6% range.

The usual statistics on jobs in North Central Washington were not available at press time. Here’s a longer term look at job trends since 1990.

Total Number of Employed Persons & Unemployment Rate

In 2018, the number of employed persons in:

Chelan and Douglas counties combined: 59,626, increasing from 43,883, or by 36% since 1990

Chelan County: 40,425, increasing from 29,066, or by 39% since 1990.

Douglas County: 19,201, increasing from 14,817, or by 30% since 1990

In 2018, the unemployment rate in:

Chelan and Douglas counties: 6%, decreasing from 8.1% in 1990

Chelan County: 5.8%, decreasing from 8.4% in 1990

Douglas County was 6.5%, decreasing from 7.6% in 1990

Washington state: 4.8%, decreasing from 5.1% in 1990

United States: 3.9%, decreasing from 5.6% in 1990

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Washington State Employment Security Department

Chelan-Douglas Trends,, is the work of The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis, a multi-college program at Eastern Washington University. The institute, staff and students, gather the statistical data and write the explanations.

Nevonne McDaniels: 664-7151