Employment rate drops slightly
From September to OctoberJefferson County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed essentially unchanged in October, dropping slightly to 12.2 percent from 12.3 percent in September. Last year's October unemployment rate was 13.1 percent.
Jefferson County lost 90 jobs in October; a loss of 50 is typical for the month. Of the 90 jobs, 40 were lost in the private sector while 50 came from the public sector, with losses in Indian tribal government providing the bulk of the 50.
However, year to date, Jefferson County has added 60 jobs, growth driven by increases in work on the reservation, keyed by the opening of the new Indian Head Casino.
The statistic and report are supplied by Gail Krumenauer, economist from the Central Oregon office of the Oregon Employment Department.
In other Central Oregon counties, the jobless rate fell in Crook from 13.8 percent in September to 13.5 percent in October. It was the first time since October 2008 that Crook County did not post the highest county-level unemployment in the state -- but it is still 4.9 percentage points above the state's unemployment rate of 8.6 percent.
In Deschutes County, the unemployment rate for October was 10.9 percent, down slightly from 11.1 percent in September.