Tuesday, December 20, 2016

November Unemployment Rate Lowest in Benton County

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November at 3.9 percent. Grant County (7.5%) registered the highest rate for the month. Eleven of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 5.0 percent and five were at or below the national rate of 4.6 percent. Linn County saw its unemployment rate improve over the year by 1.5 percentage points, more than any other county. Josephine and Lake counties each saw their unemployment rates improve by 1.3 percentage points, and Deschutes and Klamath counties each improved their unemployment rates by 1.2 percentage points.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between November 2015 and November 2016. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+3.8%). The Willamette Valley (+3.2%), Southern Oregon (+3.0%), Portland (+2.2%), the Oregon Coast (+1.6%), and Eastern Oregon (+1.2%) also saw growth.

See the full labor force and unemployment by area press release in 36 counties and metropolitan areas in Oregon.

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