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April 2012 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties
April 2012 Local Unemployment Rates
In April, Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted jobless rate (5.7%), while Crook County posted the highest rate (13.5%). Fifteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 8.5 percent. Unemployment rates declined between April 2011 and April 2012 in all but one Oregon county. The rate rose by 0.1 percentage point in Gilliam County. Harney County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate (-2.4 percentage points) over the year.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose between April 2011 and April 2012 in four of Oregon’s six broad regions. The five counties in the Oregon portion of the Portland metro area led the way with a growth rate of 1.0 percent over the year. Smaller gains occurred in Central Oregon (0.8%), Southern Oregon (0.5%), and along the coast (0.3%). Eastern Oregon (-0.2%) experienced a small employment decline over the year. The Willamette Valley continued to struggle; the region posted a job loss of 1.0 percent since April 2011.
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The Oregon Employment Department will release statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for May on Tuesday, June 12th, and the May county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, June 18th.