Today the Oregon Employment Department released county-level employment and unemployment data for May. Here are some highlights:
- Crook County had the highest seasonally adjusted jobless rate at 13.5 percent in May, while Benton County had the lowest (5.9%)
- Southern Oregon and the Portland area each saw over-the-year job growth of 1.1 percent, the highest of all regions
- Thirteen of Oregon's counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 8.4 percent
- The Willamette Valley was the only region where employment dropped; it fell by 1.3 percent from May 2011 to May 2012
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