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The unemployment rate dropped to 5.0%, down from 5.3% in October. All three Central Oregon counties see improvement.

The big snow event in November did little to dampen the employment situation, with employment levels remaining up from this time last year across all three Central Oregon counties.

In Jefferson County, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.0% in November, down from 5.3% in October. The rate is down from 5.6% this time last year.

Jefferson County lost 80 jobs in November, a fairly typical pattern this time of year.

In neighboring Crook County, the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.4% in November from 5.5% in October. The rate was 6.0% this time last year, not a statistically significant difference.

Employment levels are up 1.4% from this time last year, a gain of 90 jobs. The strongest growth sectors included manufacturing (+50 jobs) and government (+70 jobs). The only notable job losses were in professional and businesses services, which posted a loss of 80 jobs from this time last year.

Crook County lost 120 jobs in November, fewer losses than typically expected for this time of year.

The county added 90 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 1.5%. Employment growth was largely concentrated in leisure and hospitality (+50 jobs); professional and business services (+40 jobs); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+30 jobs). The only notable job losses were in manufacturing, which shed 30 jobs from last November.

In Deschutes County, the unemployment rate dropped to 3.9% in November, down from 4.1% in October. The rate remains largely unchanged from this time last year, when it was 4.3%.

Deschutes County lost 490 jobs in November. The decline was fairly consistent with seasonal norms.

Job growth remains strong, with the county adding 3,320 nonfarm jobs since November 2018 (+3.9%). Leisure and hospitality posted much stronger employment numbers this year compared with last, adding 1,380 jobs. Health care, wholesale trade, and construction also posted strong rates of growth over the past year. The only notable job losses were in durable goods manufacturing and professional and business services, with each sector losing around 100 jobs over the past year.

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