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Jobless rate ticks upward

Jefferson County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment ticked up in July to 10.8 percent from 10.6 percent in June. Over the year, Jefferson County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate lowered from the July 2012 rate of 12.1 percent.

Jefferson County experienced higher than expected job losses in July. The county lost 200 jobs, when a loss of 70 jobs would typically be expected. Indian tribal showed the largest gains from June, gaining 50 jobs. Leisure and hospitality was up 30 jobs and manufacturing also continues to see growth, adding 20 jobs.

Between July 2012 and July 2013, Jefferson County lost 210 jobs. Losses were concentrated in Indian tribal (down 140), wholesale trade (60 jobs lost), and construction (down 20). Manufacturing, which added 70 jobs, and leisure and hospitality, a 50-job increase, were the fastest growing industries over the year.

The employment numbers were essentially flat across Central Oregon. In Crook County, for the third consecutive month, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 12.6 percent, after dropping 0.8 percent the previous three months. Over-the-year unemployment has dropped from the July 2012 rate of 14.3 percent

Deschutes County posted its third consecutive month with a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 10 percent. However, unemployment is down from this time last year, when it was 11.3 percent in July 2012.



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