Chelan County

COMMUNITIES: Chelan, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Entiat, Wenatchee

Chelan County is on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain range in central Washington. Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the country. With its nearly year-round sunshine, it has developed into an all-season outdoor recreational destination.

Agriculture is still the dominant industry in Chelan County (with 21.4 percent of total covered employment in 2019). The industry which provided the second highest number of jobs in Chelan County in 2019 was private health services with 14.6 percent of total covered employment.

Tourism related industries (especially hotels, eating and drinking places, and amusement and recreation services) also contribute to the local labor market with two very popular areas for the state: Lake Chelan and Leavenworth. Lake Chelan is a great tourist area in the summer. Leavenworth provides year-round tourism with a Bavarian-themed village that hosts an Oktoberfest festival and has multiple ski resorts very close to town.

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