February 27, 2002 11:00 pm

Nine-hundred and fifty people in Union County and 430 in Wallowa County are looking for work, according to State Employment Department regional economist Jason Yohannan.

Those numbers translate to 7.9 percent unemployment for January in Union County and 14.1 percent in Wallowa County.

Both are increases over the previous month. In Union County in December, the rate was 5.9 percent, while it was 10.3 percent in Wallowa County.

If there is any good news, it is that these figures are lower than those of a year ago. In January 2001, the unemployment rate in Union County was 9.1 percent, while for the same time it was 16 percent in Wallowa County.