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Agriculture works stays steady

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The state Employment Security Department says jobs in Washington's agricultural industry grew last year.

A state report released says 12,300 more season and permanent jobs were added in 2009.  There were a total of 68,330 permanent and seasonal agricultural jobs in Washington in January.

A survey of 1,800 growers also show wages for season workers rose 7% to $9.42 an hour.  The state's minimum wage for 2010 is $8.55 per hour.