Unemployment rates are up this month. The unemployment rate is higher this month in both Tri-Cities and in Yakima.
According to the Employment Security Department the jobless rate in the Tri-Cities jumped from 7% to 7.4%.
In Yakima the unemployment rate went from 8.5% in July, to 10% this month. The number of people without jobs in Yakima and Tri-Cities is also higher than last year.
Today an economist told us these numbers are unusual for this area. Labor Economist Ajsa Suljic says "for our area it's pretty significant since we usually see decreases in unemployment every year. In comparison to last year we increased."
Economists say the increased numbers are likely caused by seasonal agriculture jobs, layoffs at Hanford, and a drop in the number of jobs available.
There are also a lot more people looking for jobs this year compared to last. We were also told to expect higher unemployment numbers next month.