New unemployment data out for the month of March versus the same time last year shows slight improvement in the job market for Yakima County but lacks any indication of significant future growth.
Don Meseck, a labor market economist based at Central Washington University, says the indicators he monitors show more good news than bad for the region.
Unemployment was at 11 percent last month, down .4 from March 2010. The number of non-farm jobs increased by 600 for the same time period.
"I don't see any significant change coming in the near future," said Meseck. "I think its going to be a very slow recovery. To complicate matters, we're gonna see some layoffs."
Reports of planned layoffs in health services as well as the closing of local call centers will factor into figures for future months, he added.
Agriculture jobs were down from March of last year. Meseck cites the cold spring weather as reason for the decline.