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October Employment and Unemployment in Oregon Counties
In October 2011, Benton County saw the lowest seasonally adjusted jobless rate (6.5%) of all Oregon counties, while Crook County had the highest rate (15.8%). Between October 2010 and October 2011, unemployment rates declined in all but three counties. Rates rose in Gilliam (+0.9 percentage point), Baker (+0.3), and Sherman (+0.1) counties over the year. Unemployment dropped by 1 percentage point or more over the year in 15 counties. The largest declines occurred in Crook County and Deschutes County (-2.1 percentage points each). Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in October, and the U.S. rate stood at 9.0 percent.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose between October 2010 and October 2011 for four of the state’s six broad regions. Southern Oregon saw the largest employment gain over the year (+1.5%), followed by Oregon’s combined five Portland metro counties (+0.9%). The combined Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon counties (+0.2% each) saw smaller increases over the year. Employment declines occurred in the Willamette Valley (-0.4%) and the coast region (-0.8%). 
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The Oregon Employment Department will release statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for November on Tuesday, December 13th, and the November county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, December 19th.

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