Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December at 5.3 percent. Harney County (11.6%) registered the highest rate for the month. Fifteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 7.0 percent and 11 were below the nationwide rate of 6.7 percent. Crook and Grant counties saw the largest improvement in their unemployment rates over the year with a drop of 2.3 percentage points each.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon’s six broad regions between December 2012 and December 2013. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+2.9%). The Portland area (+2.0%), Southern Oregon (+1.9%), the Willamette Valley (+1.1%), the Oregon Coast (+0.9%), and Eastern Oregon (0.3%) also saw job growth over the year.
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Next News Releases
The Oregon Employment Department will release statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for January on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The January county and metropolitan area unemployment rates will be released on Monday, March 10, 2014.