Tuesday, January 24, 2017

December Unemployment Rate Highest in Grant County

Grant County had Oregon’s highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December at 7.2 percent. Benton County (3.7%) registered the lowest rate for the month. Twelve of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 4.6 percent and below the national rate of 4.7 percent. Josephine County saw its unemployment rate improve over the year by 1.8 percentage points, more than any other county. Klamath, Lake and Linn counties each saw their unemployment rates improve by 1.6 percentage points, and Coos and Jackson counties improved their unemployment rates by 1.5 and 1.4 percentage points, respectively.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between December 2015 and December 2016. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+3.9%). Southern Oregon (+3.0%), the Willamette Valley (+2.4%), Portland (+1.7%), Eastern Oregon (+1.2%) and the Oregon Coast (+0.7%) 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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