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County unemployment creeps up in August

After reaching bottom over the summer, unemployment has crept up over the past few months

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 19, 2017 3:00PM

Seasonally adjusted unemployment in Clatsop County rose above 4 percent in August, according to the state Employment Department.

Unemployment, which reached its lowest realistic level over the summer, has slowly crept up over the past few months, at 3.8 percent in July and 4.1 percent in August. Last month’s unemployment rate was still nearly 1 percent lower from the year prior, matched the statewide figure and was lower than the national rate at 4.4 percent.

A loss of 150 jobs in the county was expected for the month, but the county only shed 70. That left total nonfarm payroll employment at 18,170, 10 higher than the year prior.

The private sector cut 60 jobs in August, and government employment fell by 10. Food services and drinking places gained 40 jobs, but accommodations cut 40. Food manufacturing shed 50 jobs, and the retail trade dropped by 30.

The industries adding the most jobs over the year were leisure and hospitality (160) and

financial activities (50). This was offset by a loss of manufacturing jobs (210).


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