Benton and Hood River Counties are tied for the title of Oregon county with the lowest unemployment rate.

Corvallis and OSU are in Benton County, where the jobless rate is usually relatively low.

State Employment Economist Nick Beleiciks says it stood at 6.1 percent in August.

The map below shows the unemployment rate in each county. Click on the red dot for the number.

"Benton County is buffered by the stability of employment at the University," he said,

"But it's new to have Hood River tied as the lowest unemployment rate among the counties."

Hood River regional economist Dallas Fridley says the area is getting a boost from drone manufacturer, Insitu, as well as agriculture and outdoor tourism.

"A lot of the industries that were most impacted are really not a big deal here," he said. "We actually have a much different growth profile in terms of industry."

Crook and Harney counties had Oregon's highest unemployment rates at 12.6 percent. But while Crook's rate came down over the last year, Harney's rate went up.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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