[10/10/21] August Unemployment Numbers

Posted in Business & Economy

The Employment Security Department reports that the unemployment numbers in Chelan and Douglas counties for August went up . . . and down. They were up from the July number, but down from one year prior. August’s 4.3 percent number was up from July’s 3.7 percent, but down from the COVID-influenced 7.8 percent jobless figure of last August. Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck says since last summer, hiring has increased across the board:

Meseck adds that as a whole, Chelan and Douglas Counties has fared better job-wise than the rest fo the state:

But Meseck says the area hasn’t caught up to the employment levels of two years ago, it’s off by about 200 jobs.