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The state's unemployment rate held basically steady between January and February, increasing to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent in that one-month period.

The state's unemployment rate held basically steady between January and February, increasing to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent in that one-month period.

Yamhill County's numbers remained unchanged at 3.9 percent from January to February.

According to figures from the Oregon Employment Department, the state's unemployment rate has ranged between 4 percent and 4.4 percent since November of 2016. The low of 4 percent came in May, June and July of 2018.

The country's unemployment rate during the same period declined to 3.8 percent in February from 4 percent in January.

The state's total non-farm payroll enrollment shrunk by 500 jobs, which the release said was "little" change. This follows a revised large gain of 12,800 jobs in January. Employment in financial activities, government and construction continued to grow, while transportation, warehousing and utilities decreased.

The county's employment gains in February were slightly higher than normal. Total non-farm employment rose by 840 jobs, when an increase of around 800 is closer to what is expected.

According to data from the state employment department, "Seasonally adjusted employment increased 40 between January and February. Yamhill County's employment level was 2,680, or 8.4 percent, above its pre-recession employment peak in August 2007."

The county's employment increased by 330 jobs over the past year, good for a 1 percent increase. During that same time, the state's employment rose 1.5 percent.

Since February 2018, Oregon's non-farm payroll employment increased by 29,500 jobs, good for an increase of 1.5 percent. According to state information, this growth rate is "in line with the most recent non months in which annual gains averaged 29,100 jobs." Over the past year, the country as a whole expanded at a rate of 1.7 percent.

In February, employment in financial activities increased by 900 jobs in Oregon. Over the year, this industry added 1,200 jobs, an increase of 1.2 percent. Government expanded by 700 jobs; since last year this field rose by 4,700 jobs or by 1.6 percent. The construction industry added 600 jobs in February. This field led all industries with over-the-year growth by increasing by 4.4 percent or by 4,600 jobs.

Yamhill County's private sector employment rose by 370 jobs over the past year. Public sector employment was down by 40 jobs in that same time period. The fastest growing private sector industries over the past year include construction, which increased by 150 jobs for an 8.3 percent jump; leisure and hospitality, which rose by 70 jobs for a 4.7 percent increase; and professional and business services, which added 70 jobs and jumped by 3.8 percent.

Transportation, warehousing and utilities experienced a large employment decline last month, cutting 1,800 jobs from the month after an increase of 700 in January.

"Despite the drop in February, the industry grew rapidly in the second half of 2018, and has been the second fastest growing industry in the past 12 months, adding 2,400 jobs, or 3.8 percent in that time," the release read.

However, couriers and messengers expanded rapidly since 2013, increasing 56 percent since then and stood at just under 10,000 jobs in February. This industry includes UPS and FedEx employees, as they represent highly seasonal jobs with employment increasing by 4,100 jobs in October through December of 2018, but then declining by 3,800 jobs in February.

Warehousing and storage expanded over the past three years. The industry employed 9,900 in February, up by 2,500 from three years ago.

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Newberg seeks volunteers for committees

The city of Newberg is seeking applicants from adults and high school-age residents to serve on various committees and commissions.

Volunteers are needed for student commissioners for the Historic Preservation Commission, the Planning Commission and the Traffic Safety Commission, and adult volunteers on the Planning Board and the Utility Rates Committee. Applications are available at City Hall and more information is available online at www.newbergoregon.gov.

Second community visioning forum set

The second community visioning project meeting for Newberg will be held at 6 p.m. April 16 at the Portland Community College Newberg Center on 135 Werth Blvd. This second meeting will present an overview of survey results the city conducted, and discuss future strategies.


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