Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fifteen Counties Had Historic Low Unemployment Rates in June

Fifteen counties were at or tied with their historic low unemployment rates. Benton and Washington counties had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June at 3.1 percent. Grant County (6.2%) registered the highest rate for the month.

Eight of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates below the statewide rate of 3.7 percent and 21 counties were at or below the national rate of 4.4 percent. Gilliam County saw its unemployment rate improve over the year by 2.4 percentage points, more than any other county.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between June 2016 and June 2017. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+3.0%). Southern Oregon (+2.1%), the Willamette Valley (+1.8%), Eastern Oregon (+1.5%), Portland (+1.2%), and the Oregon Coast (+1.0%) 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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