Local jobless rate steady in early fall
Jefferson County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November remained unchanged from October -- 12.0 percent -- but did improve from the year-ago rate of 12.9 percent in November 2011.
Jefferson County lost 80 jobs in November, when a loss of 50 jobs would typically be expected. The private sector lost 50 jobs over the month. Manufacturing, adding 10 jobs, showed the only private-sector job gain in November. Government employment fell by 30 jobs.
However, Jefferson County added 80 jobs between November 2011 and November 2012. Gains were split evenly between the private and public sectors; each added 40 jobs over the year. In the private sector, manufacturing added 60 jobs over the year, while educational and health services and leisure and hospitality each added 20 jobs. The largest loss occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (-50).
Government employment gains over the year were largely due to growth in Indian tribal employment, with the new Indian Head Casino a key factor.
In Crook County, the November jobless percentage was 13.4 percent, a slight drop from the 13.6 percent in October and the 14.3 percent in November 2011. In Deschutes County, the November unemployment rate was 10.9 percent, unchanged over October, and lower than the 12.0 percent in November 2011.