Hood River County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June at 4.3 percent. Curry County (8.3%) registered the highest rate for the month. Ten of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 5.5 percent and eight were at or below the national rate of 5.3 percent. Harney County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 3.0 percentage points.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between June 2014 and June 2015. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (3.6%). The Willamette Valley (+2.7%), Southern Oregon (+2.6%), Portland (+2.1%), Eastern Oregon (1.5%), and the Oregon Coast (0.6%) also saw growth.