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Tri-Cities ranked #1 in employment growth

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A new study by Garner Economics claims the Tri-Cities is ranked first in the nation's metropolitan areas for employment growth since before the recession.

The Tri-Cities is ranked #1 out of 372 metropolitan areas in a five year employment study. The study was only for the month of September. The report looked at how close U.S. metros are to their highest point before the recession started. Tri-Cities is up by 5.4% from five years ago.

Monthly job growth has increased by 0.4%. There are a few factors in these growing numbers. A representative from the Tri-City Development Council says jobs at Hanford is just one of them.

Kayla Pratt, with TRIDEC says, "I think it has to do with the fact that we still have a lot of available not only available land and building and purchases but also offer the lowest cost of living in the state so it's more cost effective for folks to employ additional people in the Tri-Cities."

Pratt says employment in healthcare, manufacturing and agriculture has gone up. She predicts that in the next five years we will see even higher employment numbers.