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Lessened layoffs and better economy lead to better county growth


There has been a large change in industry employment in Klickitat County: more jobs in manufacturing, fewer in professional and business services.

In January, there were typical seasonal layoffs, resulting in a loss of 150 nonfarm jobs in the county. Construction and manufacturing cut payrolls, as did most of the service sector. For the fifth consecutive month, the layoffs were not as steep as usual—seasonally-adjusted employment increased by 30 jobs.

Total employment in the county was estimated at 5,410 jobs, up 100 jobs (1.9 percent) from a year ago. On the plus side: manufacturing (80 jobs), trade, transportation & utilities (30 jobs) and government (60 jobs). On the down side: const...

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