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Latest numbers show a recurring trend of lower unemployment in Yamhill County

Yamhill County posted an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent for the month of April, which was slightly better than the March numbers.

According to numbers from the state employment department, March saw an unemployment rate of 4 percent in the county: 52,000 employed individuals versus slightly more than 2,200 unemployed individuals.

For April, there were 52,500 employed people in Yamhill County, and just under 2,000 unemployed people.

Both March and April had seasonally adjusted unemployed rates of 3.8 percent.

The initial 3.6 percent unemployment rate for Yamhill County was trending near the bottom of the state's counties. According to the release, Grant County had the highest unemployment rate for the month with nearly 10 percent when adjusted seasonally. Other counties that were on the higher end included Klamath and Harney.

The lowest rate belonged to Benton County, which had a 3.3 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate.

Unemployment rates for April for almost all of Oregon's counties were similar to what they were in April 2018. Only Wheeler County, which grew by 1.5 percent; Gilliam County, which grew by 1.1 percent; Grant, which grew by 1.1 percent; and Lake County, which grew by 1.1 percent, had unemployment rates change more than 1 percentage point over the past year. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all six of Oregon's broad regions between April 2018 and April 2019.

The largest job gains occurred in the Willamette Valley, which grew by 2.4 percent. Southern Oregon increased 2.2 percent, central Oregon by nearly 2 percent, the Portland area by 1.8 percent, eastern Oregon by 1.7 percent and the coast by less than 1 percent.

Yamhill County's unemployment numbers are still lower than the state as a whole. For April, Oregon's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, which was roughly the same as it had been in March. Oregon's unemployment rate has held steady between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for the past 30 months since November 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.6 percent in April from 3.8 percent in March.

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City of Newberg seeking summer workers

The city of Newberg is looking for part-time seasonal laborers to work for the public works department.

Employees would assist on installing water lines, sewer lines and storm sewer lines, as well as installing road signs, patching potholes, painting traffic markings and doing landscaping.

The roughly four-month job would pay $15 an hour and those interested should visit www.newbergoregon.gov/hr/page/seasonal-laborers-0 for more information.

Public Works day set for late June at library

The city of Newberg's public works department will hold a Public Works Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at the public library on First Street.

The event will allow the public to get an up-close look at the department and will feature activities and service equipment to explore.

A free hot dog lunch will be provided to the first 500 people in attendance.

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