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County unemployment unchanged in April new release states

Columbia County’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment was unchanged in April at 10,680, according to a May 24 press release from the Oregon Employment Department. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A gain of 70 jobs is normal for the month, and that is how many the county added, according to the release. The private sector grew by 60 jobs, and government employment rose by 10. Leisure and hospitality added 30 jobs, and retail trade grew by 20 jobs. Total nonfarm employment in April was 320 more than one year before, a gain of 3.1 percent. Columbia County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in April, essentially unchanged from the previous month’s 6 percent rate, but lower than the prior year.