June 2013 Statewide Unemployment Rate
Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, essentially unchanged from 7.8 percent in May.
Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
On a seasonally adjusted basis, preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate nonfarm payroll employment in Oregon declined by 1,000 jobs in June. This was the first monthly decline since September 2012. Large job gains in leisure and hospitality (+1,700) and professional and business services (+800) were offset by job losses in trade, transportation and utilities (-2,000) and educational and health services (-800).
Revised estimates for May show a gain of 4,700 jobs, when a gain of 3,800 was initially reported.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that leisure and hospitality employment rose by 6,900 in June when a gain of 5,200 is the normal seasonal movement. Food services and drinking places, one component of leisure and hospitality, added 4,000 jobs.
Professional and business services added 3,100 jobs in June, or 800 more than its normal seasonal movement. The sector’s total seasonally adjusted job count was a record 200,500. Professional and business services added 7,200 jobs over the past 12 months.
Among the sector’s component industries, employment services added the most jobs (+2,000) followed by services to buildings and dwellings (+600).
Trade, transportation and utilities was expected to add 2,400 jobs in June due to normal seasonal factors, but added only 400. Since the start of 2013, this sector’s employment has been variable.
Retail trade grew by 1,400 jobs with a 700-job boost from food and beverage stores. Wholesale trade fell by 500 jobs in June, as did transportation and warehousing.
Private educational and health services lost 5,800 jobs in June, or about 800 more than seasonally expected. The onset of summer break saw 4,300 jobs lost from private educational services.
Hours and Earnings
(Establishment Survey Data)
The average workweek for Oregon manufacturing production workers increased from 41.4 hours in May to 41.7 in June. The manufacturing workweek has been on a generally increasing trend for more than three years. In June 2012, this workweek averaged 40.4 hours.
In June, the average wage was $22.35 per hour for Oregon’s private-sector payroll employees, up from $22.26 in May. Wages have increased 13 cents, or 1.4 percent, from June 2012 when the average was $22.05.
(Household Survey Data)
The national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in June, unchanged from 7.6 percent in May. Oregon’s rate was 7.9 percent in June, essentially unchanged from 7.8 percent in May.
In June, 158,147 Oregonians were unemployed. This was 16,233 fewer individuals than in June 2012 when 174,380 Oregonians were unemployed.
Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, July 22nd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for July on Tuesday, August 13th.
The Oregon Employment Department is publishing a new data series with the release of April nonfarm payroll employment estimates. This official Oregon series is revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer tax records. All department publications, such as news releases, monthly Oregon Labor Trends and local labor trends, will use the new data series unless noted otherwise.
The department will continue to make the original nonfarm payroll employment data series available. These data are produced by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and are revised annually.
Analysts at the Oregon Employment Department will use employer tax records as soon as they become available each quarter to adjust the official Oregon series. This revision resets the monthly estimates to the correct level and should reduce the drift that can occur with estimates that are revised annually.
Both the official Oregon series and the official BLS series are available on the department’s website, QualityInfo.org.
For many years, monthly employment estimates for Oregon and its metropolitan areas were developed by Oregon Employment Department economists.
In March 2011, responsibility for the monthly employment estimates for Oregon and its metropolitan areas shifted to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The estimates developed by BLS are more heavily dependent on the sample of businesses and less reliant on knowledge of local economic events. They are also likely to demonstrate increased month-to-month variability.
Comments or questions should be directed to Graham Slater, Administrator of the Oregon Employment Department's Workforce and Economic Research Division, at (503) 947-1212.
For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.
If you need this release in the Spanish language, please contact Loretta Gallegos at 503-947-1794.
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