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April 2011 Employment and Unemployment by County
In April 2011, seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were below 10.0 percent in 20 of Oregon’s 36 counties. Gilliam County saw the lowest jobless rate for the month (5.8%), and Crook County had the highest rate (15.3%). Between April 2010 and April 2011, jobless rates declined in all but two counties: Baker (10.0%) and Grant (13.1%). Both counties’ rates were unchanged from April 2010. In 29 counties across the state, unemployment dropped by 1 percentage point or more over the year. The largest decline occurred in Deschutes County (-2.2 percentage points). Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in April, and the U.S. rate was 9.0 percent.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm payroll employment declined from April 2010 to April 2011 for five of the state’s six broad regions. Central Oregon saw the largest drop in employment over the year, (-0.8%), followed by the combined eastern counties (-0.7%). Smaller losses occurred in the Willamette Valley (-0.3%), southern Oregon (-0.1%), and the coast region (-0.1%). The five Portland metro counties in Oregon posted a combined employment gain of 0.8 percent over the year.
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