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Despite boost in agricultural jobs, overall employment still low

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Agricultural jobs have increased dramatically in Yakima and Klickitat Counties. The State Employment Security Department says from July of last year to this year, they have grown by more than 25 percent, which is about ten thousand jobs.

Even with all the new opportunities in farming, there are more jobs out there. The department says overall employment is still down because not everyone wants to take on that kind of work. "Ag is hard work. It's not very easy. And for a lot of the individuals that are unemployed, it's hard to adjust to a different income," said Ignacio Marquez, WorkSource South Central Area Director.

The Employment Security Department calls them discouraged workers -- the unemployed who have given up on looking for work. The department says it helps to expand your work search and be versatile.

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