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Employment stats steady over month

Jefferson County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 10.6 percent, essentially unchanged from May. Over the year, Jefferson County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate lowered from the June 2012 rate of 12.2 percent.

Jefferson County added 140 jobs in June. Gains were nearly split between the private sector (up 80 jobs) and government, which added 60 — with Indian tribal accounting for 40 of the job gains in government. Leisure and hospitality continued to show strong growth (up 40 jobs), which is expected this time of year. Educational and health services (down 10 jobs) posted the only losses in June.

Between June 2012 and June 2013, Jefferson County gained 40 jobs. Indian tribal posted the largest over-the-year jobs gain (up 140 positions), while manufacturing had the strongest private-sector gain (up 80). Professional and business services and educational and health services each gained 20 jobs from June 2012.

Several industries posted over-the-year losses, including leisure and hospitality (down 40 jobs), retail trade (losing 30), and financial activities (down 20 positions).

Across the region, June unemployment in Crook County was 12.6 percent, unchanged from May. It does reflect year-over-year improvement in Crook County, though, as the June 2012 jobless rate was 14.3 percent. Deschutes County’s unemployment rate for June was 10.0, also unchanged from May. In June 2012, the jobless rate in Deschutes County was 11.5 percent.

The Crook County unemployment rate is the second highest among Oregon counties, and the rate in Deschutes County is the highest among metro areas in the state.

The Central Oregon labor statistics are provided by the Central Oregon office of the Oregon Employment Department.




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