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State Says County’s Unemployment Rate Improved Slightly
According to the Oregon Employment Department, Josephine County’s total payroll employment fell by 220 in November. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to slowly improve to reach 10.2 percent. Most of the month’s jobs losses were in leisure and hospitality, down 150 jobs. Construction, and health care and social assistance each lost 30 jobs over the month. Other services and state government also saw slight declines. Ramping up for the holiday season, retail trade added 50 positions in November. Local education rose by 20 from October.

Private sector industries added 360 jobs since November 2012, or a gain of 1.9 percent. Those gains were offset by losses in public sector jobs totaling 180, with most of those declines in local government education. State government employment also declined by 70 over that time. The largest job growth occurred in professional and business services, retail trade and health care and social assistance. Manufacturing, construction, and leisure and hospitality each gained jobs over the twelve month period ending November 2013. Wood product manufacturing employment fell by 10 over the year.

Not all sectors are showing over the year gains. Wholesale trade employment fell by 60. Information and financial activities showed slight job losses over the year. Local government education accounted for the largest share of public sector losses.
Posted by Chuck Benson