Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oregon (Un)Employment by County in December

In December 2011, Benton County had the lowest seasonally adjusted jobless rate (6.0%), while Crook County posted the highest rate (15.3%). Overall, 14 of Oregon’s counties had jobless rates at or below the statewide rate of 8.9 percent. The unemployment rate declined by at least 1 percentage point for 29 counties between December 2010 and December 2011. Deschutes County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate (-2.6 percentage points) from the previous year. Rates increased over the year in Sherman (+0.3 percentage point) and Baker (+0.1 percentage point) counties.

Total nonfarm payroll employment declined between December 2010 and December 2011 in five of Oregon’s six broad regions. The five Portland metro counties in Oregon combined for a 1.8 percent growth rate over the year. All other regions experienced losses, ranging from -0.7 percent in the Willamette Valley to -0.4 percent each for Southern Oregon and the coast counties, and -0.3 percent each in the combined Central Oregon counties and Eastern Oregon.

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