County unemployment inches upward

Clatsop County’s unemployment rate inched upward in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the state Employment Department.

Seasonally adjusted rates compare expected with actual changes in employment. The county had a 4.3 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September, up from 4.1 percent in August. The county’s unemployment reached its lowest point in May, at 3.5 percent.

Clatsop County was tied for the eighth-lowest unemployment rate in the state with Deschutes and Wasco counties. Oregon and the U.S. were both at 4.2 percent.

The county lost 310 jobs in September, 50 more than expected. The private sector cut 470 jobs, while the government added 160. Leisure and hospitality cut 290; retail trade, food manufacturing and other services 40; and professional and business services 30. Local government and education added 170 jobs as the school year began.

Nonfarm payroll employment was at 18,120, a drop of 20 compared with a year before. Leisure and hospitality added 160 jobs over the past year, and financial activities another 50. Manufacturing cut 200 jobs over the past year.