Josephine County Employment Increasing
Josephine County total payroll employment rose by 500 in May. The goods-producing industries of construction and manufacturing added 60 and 70 jobs, respectively. Retail trade gained 50 jobs over the month, 40 of those in food and beverage stores. Health care and social assistance, as well as other services gained 20 jobs in May.
Leisure and hospitality had the largest over-the-month increase, up by 200 jobs as tourism season hiring is underway in the County. Government employment climbed by 70 jobs in May. Federal government added 40 jobs while local government education accounted for 30 jobs of the month’s government employment rise.
Total payroll employment rose by 190 over the year, or a gain of 2.2 percent. Manufacturing had the largest over the year increase, gaining 250 jobs, 70 of those in wood product manufacturing. With the upcoming announced reopening of the Rough and Ready mill, look for those figures to continue to rise in the coming months.
Increases were also estimated in ambulatory health care services, state government and professional and business services. Industries with estimated job losses since May 2013 were construction, wholesale trade, retail trade and local government education.