Hood River County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October at 5.3
percent. Grant County (10.7%) registered the highest rate for the month. Thirteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 7.0 percent and three were at or below the national rate of 5.8 percent. Harney County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 2.1 percentage points.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between October 2013 and October 2014. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (3.2%) and Southern Oregon (+2.6%). The Willamette Valley (+2.4%) and Portland (+1.9%) followed with notable growth, while Eastern Oregon (0.8%) and the Oregon Coast (0.2%) saw less growth.
You can find more employment information and download data for each of Oregon's counties on the Current Employment Estimates page at QualityInfo.org!