Tri-Cities' September unemployment rate drops to historic low - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Tri-Cities' September unemployment rate drops to historic low

Posted: Updated:

TRI-CITIES, WA - Tri-Cities' September non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 percent-the lowest unemployment rate seen in the past 27 years.

September’s decrease in unemployment rate over the year was due to increase in the number of working population and decrease in the number of unemployed. Total resident labor force increased by 2.9 percent or 3,904 people to total of 139,415. Total resident labor force employment grew by 4.3 percent of 5,511 to total of 133,034 in September.

On a not seasonally adjusted basis, estimates for September 2016 through September 2017 show an increase in nonfarm employment of 500 for the Tri-City metropolitan area. Private sector industries added about 100 jobs while the public sector gained an estimated 700 jobs over the year.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Tri-CitiesTri-Cities NewsMore>>

  • Halloween oral health tips

    Halloween oral health tips

    Monday, October 22 2018 8:17 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:17:48 GMT
    A lot of parents may not want their kids to eat the mountains of candy they collected last week, but lucky for them they can get rid of some of it with a good conscious.A lot of parents may not want their kids to eat the mountains of candy they collected last week, but lucky for them they can get rid of some of it with a good conscious.

    Sugar not only plays a key role in tooth decay, but increases your chances of getting cavities. 

    More >>

    Sugar not only plays a key role in tooth decay, but increases your chances of getting cavities. 

    More >>
  • Body of missing hunter found, appears to have died of natural causes

    Body of missing hunter found, appears to have died of natural causes

    Saturday, October 20 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-10-21 00:20:17 GMT
    WALLA WALLA, WA- The body of a missing hunter was found in heavy brush near the South Fork of the Coppei Saturday morning. At 5:12 a.m., Walla Walla County Sheriff's Deputies were made aware that a hunter hadn't returned. They learned that 60-year-old Patrick L. Beuttner of Walla Walla had recently complained of heart problems and had not been seen or heard from since Friday.  By 6:19 a.m. Beuttner's truck was located and the Search and Rescue team was activated. While SAR was...More >>
    WALLA WALLA, WA- The body of a missing hunter was found in heavy brush near the South Fork of the Coppei Saturday morning. At 5:12 a.m., Walla Walla County Sheriff's Deputies were made aware that a hunter hadn't returned. They learned that 60-year-old Patrick L. Beuttner of Walla Walla had recently complained of heart problems and had not been seen or heard from since Friday.  By 6:19 a.m. Beuttner's truck was located and the Search and Rescue team was activated. While SAR was...More >>
  • Walla Walla man killed while stopped on shoulder

    Walla Walla man killed while stopped on shoulder

    Saturday, October 20 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-10-20 23:09:45 GMT
    NEAR BAKER CITY, OR-  A Walla Walla man is dead after being hit by a car while stopped on the shoulder checking the pressure in his tires.  On Friday, October 19, 2018, at about 5:12 p.m., a fatal crash occurred on Oregon Route 86, milepost 2.5, near Baker City.  The location was just east of Interstate 84, milepost 302 interchange.  Preliminary information revealed that 59-year-old Dennis Tim Cheney of Walla Walla had parked his 1998 Dodge Pickup and large ...More >>
    NEAR BAKER CITY, OR-  A Walla Walla man is dead after being hit by a car while stopped on the shoulder checking the pressure in his tires.  On Friday, October 19, 2018, at about 5:12 p.m., a fatal crash occurred on Oregon Route 86, milepost 2.5, near Baker City.  The location was just east of Interstate 84, milepost 302 interchange.  Preliminary information revealed that 59-year-old Dennis Tim Cheney of Walla Walla had parked his 1998 Dodge Pickup and large ...More >>