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Less Seasonal Agriculture Workers is Bad For the Region

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The latest data shows a dip in the unemployment rate for Yakima County, which is good news for those looking for jobs.

But this summer seasonal agriculture workers are not as common as in years past.

This year, we have seen a 20% decrease in the number of seasonal workers in the valley, which is not good news for farmers in the region, and impacts everyone.

"The big three are dependent on agriculture, such as fruit packing houses, which is technically part of the wholesale trade category, trucking and food processing," said local labor economist, Don Meseck.

It's not all bad news though.  Non-seasonal agriculture employment is up 5% this year adding more than 2,000 jobs compared to this time last year.

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