Monday, October 20, 2014

Lower Unemployment Rates in Columbia Gorge and Oregon's Metro Areas

Hood River County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September at 5.2
percent. Grant County (11.1%) registered the highest rate for the month. Fourteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 7.1 percent and three were at or below the national rate of 5.9 percent. Harney County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 2.2 percentage points.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in five of Oregon’s six broad regions between September 2013 and September 2014. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+3.2%) and the Willamette Valley (+2.7%). Southern Oregon (+1.9%) and Portland (+1.7%) followed with notable growth, while the Oregon Coast (0.1%) and Eastern Oregon (0.0%) were essentially flat over the year.

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