Unemployment rates in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties remained stable throughout the month of August, according to seasonally adjusted data released Monday by the Oregon Employment Department.

In Clatsop County, the 7-percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate through August, down .1 percent from the previous month. Clatsop County suffers less unemployment than Oregon (8.1 percent) and the U.S. (7.3 percent).

Total employment in Clatsop County was 19,741, down 20 from the previous month and 225 from the previous year.

Leisure and hospitality was the larges employment sector, providing 4,590 jobs, up 160 from the previous year. Trade, transportation and utilities; manufacturing; education and health services; and the government all employed more than 2,000 people.

In Columbia County, the 8.2 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was unchanged from the previous month, but lower than the year before, when it was 9.5 percent. Columbia County suffers more unemployment than the U.S. and has nearly reached the state average.

Total employment in Columbia County was 21,948 in August, up 35 from the month before and 89 from the year before.

Manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; and the government all employed more than 1,000 people in Columbia County.

Many Columbia County residents commute elsewhere for work, so it is not uncommon for the total number of employed people residing in the county to change without a similar change in the number of payroll jobs located within the county.

In Tillamook County, the 7.5-percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 7.6 percent the month before an was 1 percent lower than a year before. Tillamook County suffers less unemployment than Oregon, but more than the U.S.

Total employment in the county was 11,857, up 21 from the month prior and 11 from the year prior.

The government was the largest employer, providing 1,900 jobs. Manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; and leisure and hospitality all employed more than 1,000 people.

The next employment news release comes out Oct. 21. For more information on unemployment in Oregon, visit www.qualityinfo.org/olmisj/AllRates

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