County unemployment rate better than state, nation

Clatsop County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment last month was more than 1 percentage point lower than the same point the year prior, according to statistics from the Oregon Employment Department.

The county’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, 4.6 percent, was the ninth-lowest out of Oregon’s 36 counties, and lower than both the national (4.9) and state (4.8) unemployment rates. February’s unemployment was down three-tenths of a percent from January, and 1.1 percentage points lower than the same point the year prior.

The county added 210 jobs in February, 100 more than expected. The change left nonfarm payroll employment at 17,950, 380 more than the year prior for a growth rate of 2.3 percent.

Leisure and hospitality added 80 jobs in February. Local government education, which includes student workers, added another 90.

Over the past year, retail trade has added 230 positions, leisure and hospitality another 80, local government 70 and professional and business services 50. Manufacturing lost 40 jobs over the year.

In Columbia County, the 6.2 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February was in the bottom half among Oregon’s counties, but down one-tenth of a percent from January and more than 1 percentage point lower than the same point in time last year.

In February, professional and business services added 20 jobs, as did leisure and hospitality. Retail trade lost 20 jobs.

Columbia County’s nonfarm payroll employment in February was 10,450, up 120 from the year prior for a growth rate of 1.2 percent. Over the past year, the county’s manufacturing industry has added 70 jobs, leisure and hospitality 50 and professional and business services 40. Construction has dropped 60 jobs over the last yea,r and local education another 50.

In Tillamook County, the 5 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February was near the middle of Oregon’s 36 counties, down one-fifth of a percent from the month prior and more than one-half a percent lower than the year prior.

Food manufacturing added 20 jobs in February, and local government education grew by 30.

February’s nonfarm payroll employment was 8,830, 40 more than the year prior for a growth rate of 0.5 percent. Industries adding the most positions over the past year included manufacturing with 90 and retail trade with 60. Leisure and hospitality was down 50 jobs over the year.

The state Employment Department will release March’s county unemployment rates April 19.