YAKIMA, Wash. - Leadership from the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce reacted Tuesday to the new Forbes report about the city leading the nation in job growth.
The region's strength last year in packing, shipping, and juicing helped keep jobs in the winter and offers a good outlook next quarter. But unemployment numbers continue to rise in Yakima County.
Mike Morrisette is the President and CEO of the Chamber. He acknowledges that jobs are being lost but says the report is an optimistic sign moving forward.
"These number right here indicate that we have a reason to be hopeful," he said. "Certain industries in our Valley are doing well and will continue to do well because of consumer need."
Morrisette also says the report is not surprising because of the community's unique environment.