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County’s unemployment rate drops slightly in May

200 more jobs now compared to 2011
Jefferson County's June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11.9 percent. The rate dropped by 0.1 percentage point from May's revised rate of 12.0 percent. One year ago, in June 2011, the rate was 13.5 percent.
   The county added 160 jobs in June, but typically the county adds about 230 jobs this time of year.
   Overall, the private sector added 80 jobs. The largest monthly job gain was reported in manufacturing. Public sector job gains were in Indian tribal (up 60 jobs) and state government (up 20 jobs).
   While the job creation in June was below what had become typical levels, the county does have 200 more jobs in June 2012 than it did in June 2011. That's a 3.8 percent jump.
   Elsewhere in Central Oregon, Crook County's unemployment rate in June stayed steady from May, right at 13.6 percent. That's better than in June 2011, when it was 14.8 percent. Deschutes County's jobless rate was 11.0 percent in June, 11.1 in May, and 12.5 in June 2011.
   The Central Oregon employment statistics are compiled by the Carolyn Eagan, regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department.