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Jobs in agriculture have seen a good spike

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YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.-- The economy continues to struggle but locally, we have seen some good signs when it comes to people trying to get back to work.

Statewide, agricultural employment has gone up by over 10% from June of 2011, to June of this year.

That's a great sign for the state and welcome news for an industry that, year to year, can vary a lot.
Locally, in Yakima and Klickitat Counties, there's been over 16% growth in ag jobs from last year to this year. That's over 4,000 jobs gained, helping drop our unemployment rate in Yakima County to just over 9%. 

"It's a very volatile industry. So who knows what July's going to hold and I think the only discouraging factor I can think of is the hailstorm that we had," said Regional Labor Economist, Don Meseck.

While the growth in ag jobs is great, unfortunately, we've seen some slow growth in non-farm jobs so far. 

In fact, there was only a 0.4% growth in non-farm jobs between June 2011, and June 2012. That's only 300 jobs in a year.