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Unemployment in Columbia County increased in July


Payroll employment in Columbia County dropped by 40 jobs in the month of July with the county losing a total of 340 jobs, a press release from the State of Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday, Aug. 23. The unemployment rate in the county increased slightly from 6.1 percent in June to 6.4 percent in July. Unemployment rates in July 2015 were reported at 7.3 percent.

During the month the construction industry added 40 jobs, leisure and hospitality added 30 jobs and the private sector added 20 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities cut 60 jobs and government employment dropped by 380 jobs, the release also stated.