County’s unemployment rate drops in March
EPHRATA — Job growth in construction, manufacturing and tourism helped shrink Grant County’s unemployment rate in March to 8.1 percent, a 1.1 percentage point decline from the same month last year.
The three sectors added a total of 530 jobs to stretch the county’s string of monthly year-over-year employment increases to 30 months, according to a report issued Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department.
“This is a good sign for the local economy,” said state Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck.
Leading all sectors was construction with a 16.7 percent increase (180 jobs) over March 2014. Tourism, mostly hotels and restaurants, saw a 6 percent rise (130 jobs), while manufacturing registered a 4.4 percent increase (220 jobs).
Professional and business services, which includes temporary labor agencies, lost the most jobs of all sectors with a 16.5 percent decline (220 jobs). Wholesale trade was almost flat with only a 0.6 percent increase (10 jobs) in year-over-year comparisons.
— By Mike Irwin, Wenatchee World