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Forbes Reports Tri-Cities and Yakima Best Cities For Job Growth Nationally

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A major name in the financial world says the Tri-Cities should expect the second largest job growth in the whole country.

Yakima is number one on Forbes' list and second is the Tri-Cities. This comes from a national survey done by Manpower.

"We create energy we produce food, these are pretty much recession proof industries, which helps us stay above the fray," said Deanna Smith, Public Relations Director at TRIDEC.

"Agriculture is one of the highest growth areas, mainly because it's coming up on that seasonal time for the agriculture business," said Smith.

While the numbers show the job market in the Tri-Cities is growing, at WorkSource close to 600 people are looking for a job everyday.

Many like Diane Medick say it's been months of looking and still no work.

"I've sent out application after application, resume and cover letters, and 95% of the time I never know, I never hear from those companies again," said Medick.

Jim Eby says he's been on unemployment for five months.

"I'm very optimistic, I believe there's jobs out there, that are available," said Eby.

Staff at WorkSource say unemployment is still at a 7.9% here, but lower than the rest of the state.

"It's still a good place to do business, we're still really diversified in the Tri-Cities, we continue to see quite a bit of hiring going on," said Todd Dixon, with WorkSource.

Dixon says hiring that could go up even more in the Spring.