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Recent Trends: Columbia Gorge
by Dallas Fridley
Published Jul-1-2014

It's summer in the Mid-Columbia region, the kite-boards have launched and the wind surfers are jibing. Thousands of migrant seasonal workers come to the region in June and July to harvest cherries while pears continue to grow and mature throughout the summer and early fall. Unemployment levels dip in June and July thanks to the timing of the cherry harvest; however, the season is rather short lived. Summer recreation and tourism brings jobs to the region, filling hotel beds, coffee shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. The Mid-Columbia's tourism and recreation season peaks in August but hangs around well into September.