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Employment outlook continues to improve


Crook County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.7 percent in February, a modest decline from 10.9 percent in January. However, unemployment levels are down significantly from February 2013 when the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 13.4 percent.

The county lost 30 jobs in February, which represents a seasonally adjusted loss. The county would typically gain 10 jobs this month.

There was very little change in Crook County’s employment situation in February. There were small job losses in manufacturing; wholesale trade; retail trade; and transportation, warehousing, and utilities. The only industry to see job gains from January was construction, up 10 jobs.

Employment is still up from the year ago level, with 100 additional jobs. All gains coming from private-sector employers. Professional and business services (up 40 positions) and manufacturing (up 20 jobs) each posted significant employment gains over the past year. No industry experienced large job losses from February 2013.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for February in Deschutes County was 8.4 percent, down slightly from the 8.6 percent in January, and substantially from the 10.4 percent in February 2013.

In Jefferson County, the jobless rate in February was 9.6 percent, down from 9.7 in January, and from 11.9 percent of February 2013.

The employment statistics are provided by the Oregon Employment Department's regional office in Bend., compiled by Economist Damon Runberg.