Monday, June 22, 2009

County-Level Employment/Unemployment Info for May

Oregon's county-level employment data for May came out today. Unemployment rates ranged from 9.0 percent in Benton County to 20.9 percent in Crook County.

Most counties saw an increase in their unemployment rate from April to May. Morrow County had the largest jump, as the UR went from 9.7 percent to 14.2 percent - an increase of 4.2 percentage points.

No counties had an unchanged UR over the month, but a few saw only a minor increase.

A couple of counties, however, experienced a decrease in their UR. Sherman County went from 10.9 percent unemployment to 9.8 percent. Malheur dropped even more, from 12.8 percent to 11.1 percent.

In addition to county unemployment rates, the new data for May also shows the total number of employed people in each county and in what industries these individuals were employed.

The unemployment rates in this post are seasonally adjusted.

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