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Jefferson County's rate dropped to 5.4% in July, from 5.5% in June, but is slightly higher than last year.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - In July, Madras' unemployment rate was 5.4%, down slightly from the previous month.Recent revisions using payroll tax records confirmed the hiring slowdown across the region. Employment levels are largely unchanged across the region with industry employment losses over the past year becoming more prevalent.

Despite an uptick in industry employment losses, the unemployment levels remain near historic lows.

Jefferson County drops slightly

In Jefferson County, the unemployment rate remained largely unchanged at 5.4% in July from 5.5% in June. The rate was 5.3% this time last year.

Jefferson County lost 90 jobs in July, fairly typical losses for this time of year due to local education summer break.

Employment levels are down by around 60 jobs from this time last year (down 1%). Job losses were concentrated in professional and business services and Indian tribal government. There continues to be notable job growth in manufacturing.

Crook County rate down

Crook County's unemployment rate was 5.6% in July, which is largely unchanged from 5.7% in June. The rate was 5.9% this time last year.

Crook County shed 50 jobs in July, a normal drop for this time of year, driven by seasonal losses in local government education.

Recent revisions lowered Crook County's employment growth over the past year. The employment situation is largely unchanged with the county only adding around 30 jobs from last July (up 0.5%). There continued to be job gains in information, professional and business services, and manufacturing. These gains were largely balanced by losses in leisure and hospitality and education and health services.

Deschutes County unchanged

For the Deschutes County — the Bend-Redmond municipal service area — the unemployment rate was 4.2% in July, which is unchanged from June and unchanged from this time last year.

Deschutes County shed 160 jobs in July, fewer losses than typically expected this time of year. Once again, these losses were largely due to summer break beginning for the region's schools.

After revising employment totals using payroll tax records the pace of hiring in Deschutes County was even slower than initially estimated. The county added around 600 jobs over the past year, which was less than 1% growth from July 2018.

Industry job losses over the past year are becoming more widespread with employment levels down in professional and business services (down 500 jobs), leisure and hospitality (down 190), manufacturing (down 140), information (down 90), and construction (down 70). Those losses were overcome by gains in health care, local government education, and retail trade.


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