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Economic indicators for area improving


Klickitat nonfarm employment followed its typical seasonal pattern by adding 130 jobs in May. Most major sectors added jobs or held steady over the month. Leisure and hospitality had the biggest gain at +60 jobs.

Total employment in the county reached 5,730 nonfarm jobs, up 130 jobs (2.3 percent) from last May. Construction, manufacturing, and trade and transportation have each added 20 jobs over the past year. Professional and business services (+50 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (+40) have produced the bulk of the net new jobs. There were small declines in education and health services (-10) and government (-30).

The county unemployment rate was estimated at 6.9 percent, a 1.4 poin...

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