Kennewick — The Tri-Cities continued to add nonfarm jobs during May.
Nonfarm jobs reached 103,700 last month, up by 900 jobs from the same time the previous year, according to data released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department.
The Tri-Cities area continued to see year-over-year growth in education and health services, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality.
However, the areas unemployment rate increase to 7.3 percent from Aprils rate of 6.8 percent. Thats because the local labor force increased by more than 2,400 workers between April and May, while total employment only climbed by 1,600 jobs.
The Tri-Cities remained above the states average unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. Benton Countys unemployment rate was 7.1 percent, while Franklin Countys was 7.9 percent.
May unemployment rates for area counties: Adams County, 6.8 percent; Columbia County, 9 percent; Grant County, 7.5 percent; Walla Walla County, 5.9 percent; and Yakima County, 8.6 percent.
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