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Tri-Cities leads the nation in job growth

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A new report shows the Tri-Cities leads the nation in job growth. The Tri-Cities is one of three U.S. cities that has experienced a continual job growth for the last 6 months of 2009.

The study comes from Garner Economics, a research company based out of Atlanta. Research shows the Tri-Cities averaged a 3.4% job growth from July to December 2009 and continues to show growth in the first quarter of 2010. WorkSource manager, Candice Bluechel says the majority of the growth was created in the professional and business service areas which connects back to stimulus funding and that more than 2,000 jobs were added just last year. "We also had job creation in retail and kept some of those, we had creation in government which could be connected to the U.S. Census. And we've had several hundred created in agriculture," said Bluechel.

Trailing the Tri-Cities in job growth is Sandusky, Ohio and Mcallen, Texas.