Job growth in the Tri-Cities continues to increase on a monthly basis, with 96,800 nonfarm jobs, which is a 3.9 percent increase over the same month in 2009. The fields of manufacturing, professional and business services, retail trade and the government sector saw the most growth during that same period. The cushion for the Tri-Cities that negated some of the effects felt in other parts of the country was federal stimulus money, however, the Tri-Cities will still need to continue it’s drive towards diversification in order to stabilize the economy and create more jobs.
Unemployment in the Tri-Cities dropped marginally from 9.0 percent in February to 8.2 percent last month. Many new workers have been drawn to the Tri-Cities because of strong job growth and relative stability in the economy.