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Fewer people unemployed compared to last year

November 2012 numbers reveal improvement over 2011


November's seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in Columbia County remain unchanged from October, but still represent an improvement over rates in 2011.

The county's November unemployment rate of 9.1 percent also remains higher than the statewide average of 8.4 percent.

According to numbers released through Worksource Oregon, total employment in November was 168 less than one year before, in 2011, and there were 140 fewer people unemployed.

The private sector shed 10 jobs and government employment was unchanged. Durable goods manufacturing and educational and health services each added 20 jobs. Retail grew by 30 jobs. Leisure and hospitality trimmed 30 jobs and professional business services shed 20 jobs.

In November 2011, the civilian labor force was 24,887 and of these 2,302 were unemployed. In November 2012, the labor force has decreased slightly to 24,579 but so has the number of unemployed, coming in at 2,162. However, this unemployment number is 61 higher than what it was in October when 2,101 were unemployed.

Many Columbia County residents work outside of the area, in nearby Portland and surrounding cities. Because of this, it is not uncommon for the total number of employed people residing in the county to change without a similar change in the number of payroll jobs located within the county.