Employment numbers still down from a year ago in the region but showing improvement


And, as expected, negative effects of COVID-19-on the local economy are apparent in the employment figures from April through September of this year.

The Wenatchee area unemployment rate rose from 3.6 percent in September 2019 to 6.1 percent this September.

That is an improvement over August numbers, when unemployment was at 8.2 percent in the greater Wenatchee area, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

The area’s unemployment peaked at 15.8 percent in April when the pandemic first started to hit and stay home orders were issued for all but essential employees.

Also, the local economy lost 2,800 nonfarm jobs between September 2019 (47,400 jobs) and September 2020 (44,600 jobs), a 5.9-percent downturn.

If there is a silver lining to this dark economic cloud, it is that year-over-year job loss rates across Washington state have decelerated for the past five consecutive months