YAKIMA, Wash - The number of agricultural jobs are going down in Yakima County and even the nation. According to a local survey, the number of farm and ranch workers dropped by 7.6% in the county from 2005 to 2006.
A recent study by the United States Department of Labor shows the same workers as one of the top thirty fastest declining jobs.
Staff with the Yakima Valley Growers and Shippers Association say the reason for the drop could be from advancement in technology. Certain crops can now be picked entirely by machines.
The U.S. Dept. of Labor study also points out medical assistants are one of the fastest growing jobs. This is good news for the new Pacific Northwest University Medical School being built in the Terrace Heights area of Yakima.