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WA State Unemployment Jumped Higher Last Month From Strike

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- New information about unemployment in Washington State. It jumped higher last month, but has since gone down.

The job losses mainly came from the 23,000 Boeing machinists on strike. Now they are back at work and those jobs are not part of the unemployment numbers. 

Last month unemployment was at 6.3 percent compared to Septmeber at 5.8 percent. Without the strike jobs in Washington increased by about 800. 

Locally its agricultural workers who are experiencing layoffs from seasonal changes. Agriculture is in it's final stages for the season, that means food processing centers are laying off seasonal hires.

"Most folks are coming in new to apply for unemployment compensation and also to look for a job that will tide them over until next season, or a job where they won't do seasonal work next year," said Candice Bluechel, Worksource Columbia Basin.

Lorenzo Gonzalez was laid off from a corn processing center a couple of weeks ago.

"It's bad because you need that money all the time you know your spending and you've got to pay rent," said Gonzalez.

Some businesses have a tendency to postpone hiring until after the first of the year.

"They have people who will be taking leave, they won't have enough staff to help with training, they would be paying a new person for their holidays so it's an extra expense to them," said Bluechel.

Romalie Valdes moved to the Tri-Cities to be with her husband and is looking for a job eventually they want to buy a house.

"I have a college degree but I also have military experience and a lot of civilian management experience but it is hard especially when your trying to use all your skills in a way you want to use them," said Valdes.

If you are unemployed and would like help finding a job Worksource in Kennewick is a great place to start. About 90,000 jobs are listed on their state website.

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