Unemployment rate ticks up for July
In Jefferson County
Jefferson County joblessness rose a bit in July, up to 12.2 percent compared to the 11.9 percent in June. However, the rate is less than the 13.5 percent unemployment rate in July 2011.
The county had a net loss of 80 jobs in July, but job losses are typical for July. The 80 jobs were less than the 90 expected for the month, according to the monthly labor trends report, which is compiled by the Central Oregon office of the Oregon Employment Department.
A nugget of positive economic news: the county added 230 jobs from July 2011 through July 2012.
Most of the job losses in July were government and education. There were job gains in leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, retail trade and financial services.
The July employment rate in Crook County was 14.1, up from 13.6 in June, and 11.3 in Deschutes County, up from 11.1 percent in June.
The monthly trends report included information about the state's brew industry. In the past 18 months, there have been 50 openings or expansions in Oregon brew businesses. In Oregon, 24 of 36 counties have a brew pub or brewery -- Jefferson County being among the 12 without.
The brew pubs in Bend account for 24 percent of the state's total beer production. Breweries and pubs in the region employed 513 people last year, one job for every 390 people in the tri-county area.