County employment numbers improving


Jefferson County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 10.7 percent. The county experienced the largest drop in seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Oregon, dropping a half a percent from April.

Over the year, Jefferson County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate lowered from the May 2012 rate of 12.0 percent.

Jefferson County experienced better than expected gains in total nonfarm employment in the month. The county added 190 jobs, when a gain of 110 jobs would usually be expected.

Gains were nearly split between the private sector (up 100 jobs) and government (up 90 positions), with the majority of those gains in government coming from Indian tribal (plus 60).

Leisure and hospitality saw the largest private —sector over-the-month increase (50 jobs) with continued strong hiring in manufacturing (up 30 positions).

Between May 2012 and May 2013, Jefferson County gained 70 jobs. The majority of those gains came from the private sector (up 60). The largest over-the-year job gains were in manufacturing (80 positions); professional and business services (up 30 jobs); and educational and health services (20).

Across Central Oregon, the May unemployment level in Crook County was 12.5, an improvement over the 12.8 mark in April.

Crook County, however, showed some of the strongest improvement in the state year over year. In May of 2012, the unemployment rate was 14.3. In Deschutes County, the jobless rate in May was 10.0, a slight improvement from the 10.1 in April.