Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The latest employment news for Clackamas County

The county’s nonfarm payroll employment reached 136,900 in October 2009. Employment was down 7.2 percent as employers lost 10,600 jobs over the past year.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 400 over the last month. Employment gains occurred in local government (1,400) and educational and health services (200). Industries losing jobs included leisure and hospitality (-500), professional and business services (-200), manufacturing (-200), wholesale and retail trade (-200), and financial activities (-100). There were no employment changes in mining and logging, construction, information, other services, and federal and state government.

The county’s civilian labor force numbered 200,898 in October 2009, with 180,125 people employed and 20,773 unemployed. This equals a 10.3 percent unemployment rate, which was significantly higher from the same from a year ago at 6.2 percent. The labor force level increased by 792 and the employment level increased by 542 from the previous month.

From November 2008 to November 2009, the county’s new, initial unemployment claims decreased by 625 to 1,719.

October 2009’s new, privately owned residential building permits totaled 41 units. This was a decrease of 12 units from a year ago.

This summary comes from the Business Information Center on our main website, Similar snapshot statements are available for every county in Oregon! Explore the BIC to see all the info available.

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