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May 2011 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon Counties
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In May 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 (5.6%), and Crook County had the highest rate (15.1%). Between May 2010 and May 2011, jobless rates declined in all but one county. The 10.2 percent rate in Baker County rose by 0.2 percentage point from the previous year. In 29 counties across the state, unemployment dropped by 1 percentage point or more over the year. The largest decline occurred in Deschutes County (-2.5 percentage points). Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in May, and the U.S. rate was 9.1 percent.
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm payroll employment declined from May 2010 to May 2011 for four of the state’s six broad regions. Central Oregon saw the largest drop in employment over the year  (-1.7%), followed by the combined eastern counties (-1.2%). Smaller losses occurred in the Willamette Valley (-0.7%) and the coast region (-0.4%). A slight employment increase occurred in southern Oregon (+0.1%); the five Portland metro counties posted a combined gain of 0.6 percent.
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The Oregon Employment Department plans to release statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for June on Tuesday, July 19th, and the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, July 25th.

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