YAKIMA, Wash- Unemployment in Yakima County is up from last year. According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, the November unemployment rate was 9.1%; in November 2009 it was 8.8%.
The number of employed people did grow this past November from 111,580 in November of last year to 114,750, however the number of unemployed people grew faster. There were 10,800 unemployed people in Yakima in November 2009 and that number increased to 11,510 in November of this year. The industries with the biggest downturns last month were manufacturing, mining, logging, and construction.