Aside from Southern Oregon and the Coast, nonfarm employment increased in all of Oregon's broad regions between March 2013 and March 2014. Central Oregon and the Portland area led the group with growth of 2.2 percent, followed by the Willamette Valley (+1.9%) and Eastern Oregon (+0.6%).
While most regions saw an increase in employment, Southern Oregon (-0.1%) and the Coast (-0.2%) lost employment. A total of eight counties make up these two regions, and three of these counties lost employment over the year. Southern Oregon, which is made up of Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine counties, lost employment in Douglas County (-160) over the year. The Coast, made up of Clatsop, Curry, Coos, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties, saw employment decreases in Curry (-330) and Lincoln (-70) counties.
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