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Economists are predicting major job gains in the spring

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Economists are predicting major job gains over the next few months. The national unemployment rate is down for the 5th month in a row. Employment opportunities are also getting better here. Labor economists in our area say they're expecting a big increase in jobs available this spring. Jobs are expected to pick up starting in April. The national unemployment rate sits at 8.3% right now.

Every January WorkSource sees a spike in people that need a job. It's their busiest month. WorkSource in Yakima saw about 3,000 people walk through the door and in Tri-Cities more than 500 people came through.

WorkSource Director Michelle Mann says "the first of the year we have a lot of people laid off from the agriculture industry, the food processing industry, construction jobs. So we generally have a lot of people in the office at that time."

The Labor Department shows employers added more than 243,000 new jobs last month nationwide and they're expecting the new job trend to continue. Yakima and Tri-Cities are expecting to see a hiring boost between 45-50% for the food and agriculture industry.

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