Wednesday, January 23, 2013

December (Un)Employment in Oregon's Counties

Benton County continued to have Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (6.0%) in December. Crook County (13.3%) registered the highest rate for the month. Sixteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 8.4 percent; ten of those counties also matched or fell below the national rate of 7.8 percent in December.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in five of Oregon’s six broad regions between December 2011 and December 2012. The largest job gains were reported in Southern Oregon (+2.9%) and Portland (+1.2%), while the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon each grew 1.0 percent.  Employment was essentially flat in Eastern Oregon. The Oregon Coast posted the only year-to-year employment loss, with a decline of 1.1 percent.

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