Once again, another good news/bad news employment report in August for Chelan and Douglas Counties. The Employment Security Department reports unemployment in the two-county area last month was three-point-nine percent. That's down from five percent a year ago, but up a full percentage point from July. We asked Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck what brought about that jump:
Interestingly enough, no industry the state tracks did any hiring in August. Non-farm employment stood at 49,100 jobs in August, down two hundred from a year ago. Meseck points out three industries he finds responsible for the decline:
The civilian labor force lost almost 16-hundred jobs year-over-year, to 68,863. That reduction, coupled with 830 fewer unemployed, led to the 3-point-nine percent jobless rate. The only industries adding workers year-over-year were education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and government, mainly federal government.