Monday, May 20, 2013

Unemployment Rates in Oregon's Counties

Benton County continued to have Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (5.8%) in April. Crook County (12.8%) registered the highest rate for the month. Fifteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 8.0 percent. Lake County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year, with a drop of 2.1 percentage points to 11.3 percent in April. In fact, unemployment rates declined over the year in all of Oregon's counties, except Morrow County, where the rate was the same in April 2013 as in April 2012.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in five of Oregon’s six broad regions between April 2012 and April 2013. The largest job gains were reported in Central Oregon (+2.8%). Smaller employment gains occurred over the year in Portland (+1.3%), the Willamette Valley (+0.9%), along the Oregon Coast (+0.5%), and in Southern Oregon (+0.3%). 

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