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Bad news for Yakima County economy

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YAKIMA, Wash- Unemployment rates in Yakima didn't rise from May to June.  That may seem like a good thing but those numbers are deceiving.

Unemployment in Yakima County was almost at ten percent for the months of May and June but it's risen from this time last year. There were about thirteen hundred more people unemployed in June 2011 than in June 2010.

 Regional labor economist Don Meseck says that the lack of job loss between May and June actually reveals a bigger problem.

"That's not good news because the unemployment rate in Yakima County usually drops between May and June and it didn't drop this year" says Meseck.

He went on to explain that the reason there was no drop between the months this year is there weren't enough jobs in May to start with.  The largest losses were in farm jobs due mostly to the weather.  Construction, wholesale trade, fruit packing, and government jobs are all down as well.