Fewer residents seek jobs in July, unemployment continues to fall toward lows

Clackamas County continues to see employment growth.

In the last 12 months — July 2017 to July 2018 -- 2,900 new jobs were added. And, the trend continues upward from the start of 2008 recession when 22,300 people found themselves out of work in the county, to July 2018 when the county had 8,244 unemployed residents.

Statistics indicate that Canby's labor force consisted of 8,925 people in July 2018, compared with 8,845 a month earlier, and 8,860 in July 2017. The unemployed rate was 3.9 in July of this year, compared with 4 percent in June, according to Lynn Wallis, a workforce analyst for Clackamas County in the Oregon Employment Department.

The statistics in Molalla indicate that the total labor force was slightly higher at 4,662 compared with 4,597 a month ago and 4,646 for July a year ago. Of those numbers, 4,472 were employed in July this year compared with 4,423 a month ago and 4,431 a year ago. This July, 189 were in the unemployment rolls, or 4.1 percent compared with the same number a month ago and 215 or 4.6 percent a year earlier.

The Oregon Employment Departments 2017-27 industry projections in the tri-county (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington) area are expected to grow 13 percent, adding 131,200 new jobs over the next decades, said Wallis.

Major job growth industries are health care and social assistance where 23,500 jobs will be available over the next 10 years; professional and technical services will be seeking 13,200 people for new jobs; accommodation and food services will add 11,500 jobs between 2017 and 2027; retail trade will look for an estimated 9,900 new employees and management of companies and enterprises will seek 9,400.

Clackamas County, over the past year, added 1,500 jobs in education and health services; 1,400 in construction; 300 in transportation, warehousing and utilities; 300 in retail trade; 200 in financial activities; 200 in manufacturing; 200 in professional and business services; 100 in leisure and hospitality; 100 in other services; but none in local or federal government, wholesale trade and mining and logging. Information lost 100 jobs and state government jobs decreased by 1,300.

Carol Rosen
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