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December unemployment rate increase

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Washington added about 2,100 jobs in December, but the unemployment rate still increased about .1%.

How does the Tri-Cities compare? In December the area saw an unemployment rate of 7.8%, which was .8% higher than in November. That also means about 800 more people were out of work in December compared to November.

"The numbers are following seasonal trend that we have seen in previous years, and we should expect the same for January," Ajsa Suljic, Labor Economist.

Suljic says while employers may hire more seasonal help in the beginning of December most of those part-time positions wrap-up toward the end of the month.