Unemployment in northwest Oregon edges downward

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates edged downward in October in northwest Oregon, after months of slight increases as the summer busy season wound down, according to data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department.

Clatsop County employers cut 470 jobs in October, 90 fewer than expected. The changes left total nonfarm payroll employment at 17,540, 380 more than the same point last year, for a growth rate of 2.2 percent.

The county had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.9 percent in October, down one-fifth of a percent from the previous month and down three-fifths of a percent from a year ago. Clatsop has the ninth-lowest unemployment rate of Oregon’s 36 counties.

In October, the private sector dropped 630 jobs, while governments added 160. The county shed 360 jobs in leisure and hospitality, 90 in retail trade and 80 in food manufacturing. Local government education added 210 jobs as the school year ramped up, and state government cut 40 as part of seasonal reductions.

Several industries experienced growth over the past year, including 110 jobs in leisure and hospitality, 110 in retail trade and 90 in educational and health services. Local governments shed 50 jobs over the past year.

Columbia County employers added 60 jobs in October, 30 fewer than forecasted. Total nonfarm payroll employment was 10,310, up 360 from last year for a growth rate of 3.6 percent.

The county had a 7.4 percent seasonally adjusted employment rate in October, down one-fifth of a percent from the previous month and nearly 1 percent down from a year ago. Columbia is tied with Harney County in Eastern Oregon for the 24th-lowest unemployment rate in the state.

In October, the private sector shed 20 jobs, and governments added 80. Leisure and hospitality cut 30 jobs, and other industries had smaller changes.

Over the past year, several industries added significant numbers of jobs, including 150 in durable goods manufacturing, 90 in professional and business services, 70 in leisure and hospitality and 50 in retail. Local governments chipped in an additional 50 jobs to the growth.

In October, Tillamook County employers lost 160 jobs, 50 fewer than expected. Total nonfarm payroll employment was at 9,000 jobs by the end of the month, 390 more than last year for a growth rate of 4.5 percent.

The county had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, down one-fifth of a percent from the previous month and four-fifths of a percent from a year ago. Tillamook is tied with Lane County for the 11th-lowest unemployment rate in the state.

In October, the private sector cut 210 jobs, while governments added 50. The leisure and hospitality industry lost 170 jobs, and retail dropped another 30. Local government education added 70 jobs.

Over the past year, manufacturing has added 210 jobs, educational and health services 40 and leisure and hospitality 70.

The employment department will release November’s seasonally adjusted employment data Dec. 15. For more in-depth data on employment, visit www.qualityinfo.org

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