Clatsop County’s seasonal unemployment rate in July was the 10th-lowest in the state, according to the state Employment Department.
Seasonal rates compare forecasted employment changes with reality. The county’s seasonal unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in July, down from 3.8 percent in June and slightly below the state and national average of 3.9 percent.
The county was expected to gain 140 positions in July, but only added 40. The private sector added 510 jobs with the busy summer season, while government employment fell by 470 during the break, including 410 in education.
Total nonfarm payroll employment was at 18,600 in July, a 140 increase from the year prior. Leisure and hospitality added 260 jobs over the past year, along with 120 in retail trade and 60 in construction. Professional and business services lost 180 jobs over the past year.