June snapshot: Tigard leads the way in low unemployment
Washington County's unemployment rate increased slightly from 3 percent to 3.1 percent in June 2017, a 1.2 percentage point drop from the prior year, with Tigard leading the way.
Some cities in Washington County also saw unemployment rates lower than the previous year, according to Emily Starbuck, Washington County workforce analyst.
Tigard and Hillsboro share the county's lowest unemployment rate in June, at 3.4 percent. They are followed by Beaverton, Tualatin and Sherwood at 3.5 percent.
The rates are the lowest the region has seen since the mid-1990s. They do not reflect the newly increased minimum wage; that went up July 1, after this snapshot of the economy was taken.
The county added 4,500 jobs between June 2016 and June 2017, Starbuck said. Transportation and warehousing maintained its recent job gains, adding 1,100 jobs over the year.
After several months of flat or negative growth, manufacturing added 600 jobs over the year.
Information and retail continued to decline, losing 100 and 700 jobs respectively.