Unemployment rates rise in Central Oregon
The employment situation was little changed in March. Hiring was fairly consistent with seasonal patterns and unemployment levels were little changed.
In Jefferson County, the unemployment rate was 6.2% in March, up from 6.0% in February. The rate was 5.6% at this time last year.
Jefferson County added 10 jobs in March, slower hiring than typically expected this time of year.
Total nonfarm employment rose by 280 jobs (up 4.4%) over the past year. Manufacturing (up 110 jobs) posted the largest gains over the past year. There was also strong growth in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality, each adding 50 jobs. There were no significant jobs losses over the past year.
Crook County rate up
Crook County's unemployment rate rose slightly in March to 6.5% from 6.3% in February. The rate is up slightly from this time last year when it was 6.0%.
Crook County added 80 jobs in March, stronger gains than typically expected this time of year.
Over the past year, Crook County added 140 jobs (up 2.5%). The majority of the jobs added were in private industries, with gains concentrated in health services; information; and transportation, warehousing, and utilities. No private industry sector posted significant job losses over the past year.
Deschutes County rate up slightly
Deschutes County (the Bend-Redmond Municipal Service Area) had an unemployment rate of 4.7% in March, essentially unchanged from 4.6% in February. The rate was 4.2% last March.
Deschutes County added 260 jobs in March, stronger hiring than typically expected this time of year.
The county added 2,440 jobs in the past year (up 3%). Every private industry sector added jobs over the past year. The fastest rate of job growth was in accommodation and food services (up 8.8%) and manufacturing (up 6.1%).
Local government education posted a loss of 500 jobs over the past year, which was likely a poor estimate that will be revised in the next month or two.